In continuation of their focus to create a broadband strategy to serve the citizens of Granville County, in 2019 the Granville County Board of Commissioners approved a contract and incentive package with Open Broadband, LLC to deploy broadband services to the county’s unserved and underserved communities.
The Granville County Expo Center and the Granville Athletic Park (GAP) were the county properties initially identified to host Wi-Fi hot spot services. In addition, the Oak Hill Tower on Charlie Stovall Road in Oxford and the Wilton Tower in Wilton were the locations identified to host broadband equipment for individual paid subscription-based services.
A brief summary of each project’s status appears below. This page will be updated regularly as Open Broadband progresses toward completion of these important initiatives for Granville County.
Free Public Wi-Fi Projects
Granville County Expo Center
Free public Wi-Fi installation was completed in late 2019. Wi-Fi is accessible in areas of the parking lot.
Granville Athletic Park (GAP)
Free public Wi-Fi installation was approved by the County Commissioners and installation including older sections of the park and the newly completed Phase III expansion was completed in May 2021.
The county also publishes a free public Wi-Fi hot spot locator map accessible here.
|Oak Hill Tower
The County has been working with Open Broadband throughout the pandemic to facilitate the first broadband installation on the Oak Hill Tower. Work includes a lengthy plan review process, in which engineers conducted a rigorous structural analysis of the tower’s capacity to support broadband equipment and draft construction drawings. Installation was completed at the end of May 2021. Residents on the company’s waitlist should be contacted for connection beginning in mid-June.
The County has also initiated a project with Open Broadband to install equipment on the monopole tower in Wilton. Engineers have completed the necessary construction drawings and equipment specifications, and the County Board of Commissioners approved a tower agreement on March 15. Open Broadband reports that they should be able to schedule installation within 90 days of completing the Oak Hill Tower installation.
|Following installation and a brief testing period, Open Broadband will reach out to residents ion the county waitlist to notify them of service availability. To ensure you are on the waitlist, please visit https://openbb.net/granvilleco/#service-request.|
If you haven’t signed up for the waitlist, please visit the Open Broadband website at https://openbb.net/granvilleco/ to enter your name and to learn more about Open Broadband in Granville County.
Open Broadband publishes a FAQ document on their website here.