Commissioner Phil Carriger said BrightRidge’s push into high-speed broadband internet is “a big plus” for the county’s economic development efforts. Carriger told Evans he and other members of the CIA Committee hope the utility’s new service will help entice young business owners to the region.
Jeff Dykes, BrightRidge’s chief executive officer, said the broadband rollout has come “later than expected” with the utility still working on its video components. BrightRidge said 79 percent of the possible providers to its over-the-top streaming video has signed up for the service.
He said BrightRidge has become an “economic driver” in the region by providing wireless broadband to rural areas. He said the broadband speeds that the utility offer are on par with Atlanta and major data centers near Washington, D.C.
Ron Dykes, BrightRidge’s chief executive officer, said four other electric vehicle charging stations are to come within the next 90 days. He said the charging stations represent an “exciting time” for his utility and for economic development in the region.
First responders from the area had a lesson in high-power electrical lines Wednesday that could end up saving their life or someone injured in anything involving downed or broken power lines.
The new budget sees operating expenses cut by 2 percent, and BrightRidge’s tax contributions to local governments increase by 2%.
A large tree downed power lines and took out two transformers on Poplar Hill Drive off West Market Street around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, knocking out electrical service to several residences in the neighborhood. The outage map on BrightRidge's website
Jonesborough dignitaries and BrightRidge executives were on the steps of Main Street Café on Thursday for a ribbon cutting of the power company’s 10 gigabit Fiber Optic internet service going live.
BrightRidge officials said 87% of the facility’s community solar production has been allocated to subscribing commercial and residential customers. Jeff Dykes, BrightRidge’s chief executive officer, said the demand for renewable energy is growing among his utility’s customers.
The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $27,500 grant to the Johnson City Development and BrightRidge to provide free Wi-Fi to a five-block area of the downtown and nearby green spaces. Areas covered by the Wi-Fi project will include Founders Park, the Pavilion at Founders Park and King Commons.
Alsop told BrightRidge board of directors on Tuesday that Shima and Noshi are parents of two eaglets from eggs laid in February. He said the video of the bald eagle family at Winged Deer Park is made possible by technical support and solar technology powered by BrightRidge.
The public utility has launched the first phase of its eight-year $64 million broadband plan that will connect 3,847 homes and 373 businesses in Johnson City. BrightRidge has also expanded into solar energy. The utility has partnered with Nashville-based Silicon Ranch and the Tennessee Valley Authority on a 40-acre solar power farm in Washington County.
BrightRidge officials said standing water has slowed restoration of electrical service to residences in the Carter Crossing subdivision along Todd Drive and the adjacent Carmel Village mobile home park.
BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes said the first phase of its $64 million broadband plan will connect 3,847 homes and 373 business in Johnson City. That deployment will be bounded in the north by the intersection of North Roan Street and Interstate Highway 26.
The two electric utility could not agree on the value of Elizabethton Electrict’s assets and equipment.