The Columbia County Community Broadband Utility (C³BU) owns and operates a fiber network that consists of a point- of- presence (POP) facility, seven communication tower facilities and over 210 route miles of underground fiber optic open-access network in Columbia County Georgia.

The C³BU network currently offers twenty Gigabits bandwidth and is scalable to several hundred Gigabits.  The Dense Wave Division Multiplex (DWDM) platform is Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 2.0 certified to provide true carrier-class performance to our customers. The C³BU Software Defined Network (SDN) also provides carrier-class packet optical transport services to other service providers. 

C³BU directly serves Community Anchor Institutions (CAI) which consists of government, education, public safety, and non-profit facilities.  C³BU currently partners with multiple providers for commercial and residential services.  C³BU serves over 180 facilities through the network (excluding residential customers), and five service providers collocated in the point of presence facility.

C³BU seeks to use our technology to achieve the following goals:

  • Stimulate demand for broadband, economic growth, and job creation  by expanding the availability of affordable broadband Internet access for all people, businesses and community organizations.
  • Promote the use of broadband to improve the quality and availability of health care, education and government services.
  • Enable Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) to increase traffic management efficiency, thus reducing carbon emission impact.
  • Support Supervisory Control and data acquisition (SCADA) migration from radio-based transport to Ethernet.
  • Provide bandwidth to next generation applications such as Software As A Service (SAAS), public safety cameras, E-Health records, disaster recovery, automatic utility meter readings and distance learning.
  • Provide public safety agency radio interoperability facilitated by new tower construction.
  • Develop the C3BU into a hub access point for the region.