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Get Ready for GigLink™ from Dalton Utilities/OptiLink

DALTON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its commitment to bringing world-class technology to the
Northwest Georgia community, Dalton
Utilities/OptiLink
becomes the first municipal electric utility in
the state of Georgia to offer community-wide access to GigLink™,
a residential Gigabit internet service.


“Dalton Utilities is dedicated to offering residents the advantages of
such advanced technology,” said Tom Bundros, CEO of Dalton Utilities.
“With the debut of GIGLink, we are delivering some of the fastest
internet speeds in the world to our residents. A Gig is exponentially
faster than traditional offerings. With all that data, a million bits
per second — you can do everything you already do online, but a lot more
and a lot faster.”

The biggest bottleneck in home connectivity is the internet connection,
and as we add more uses for it — like video streaming, access to 4K
content, gaming, multi-device access, and smart-home devices — we will
need faster connections with more data.

The announcement follows the September 2018 launch of VidLink®,
a first-of-its-kind streaming entertainment platform that enables new
features like streaming and multi-device access.

Gigabit speed is the future of internet connectivity inside the home,
defining the speed with which movies, videos, photos and other large
files can be uploaded and downloaded. The new service affords downloads
up to 40 times faster than the FCC standard. What this means for users
is that in the time it currently takes to download a color photo, they
can now download an HD movie.

“With GIGLink, users can truly multi-task with no interruptions. With
the expanded bandwidth, users can download multiple high-definition
videos at a time in seconds, while simultaneously sending and receiving
emails and surfing the Web. Families can use multiple devices in the
same household with no connectivity issues, and gamers will appreciate
the quick response to user commands. Plus, there’s no more annoying
delays while data is buffered,” said Hank Blackwood, Chief Technical
Services Officer for OptiLink.

“We have offered Gigabit service to our large business customers since
2014,” noted Blackwood. “We have upgraded our network to enable a
Gigabit to our entire community because we recognize that high-speed
connectivity is an essential service inside the home. We also realize
that Gigabit internet is an economic development tool that drives
businesses to relocate to places where they can get the bandwidth they
need.”

GIGLink pricing for residential service is $79.95 per month. Residents
can sign up for the new GIGLink service beginning Nov. 19, by calling
706.529.1313 or visiting www.dutil.com/giglink/.

About Dalton Utilities and OptiLink

Dalton Utilities, in operation as a public utility since 1889, provides
potable water, electrical, natural gas, and wastewater treatment
services to the City of Dalton and portions of Whitfield, Murray,
Gordon, Catoosa, and Floyd counties. Beginning in 1999, Dalton Utilities
branched into telecommunications with broadband services to large
industrial/commercial customers. With the 2003 launch of its OptiLink
family of services, the company now provides broadband, cable TV,
telephone, and internet services to area residents and businesses.
Dalton Utilities serves 50,000 customers and employs over 300 area
residents.

Contacts

Kay Phillips
Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Dalton
Utilities / OptiLink
[email protected]