The Madison County government dropped Windstream services March 31, going with Charter Communications instead for Internet services.
Leaders say the move will cut expenses and will improve Internet speeds by six times. The county is moving from a 12 megabit (Mb) connection to a 60Mb connection. Those lines, which will serve the county complex as well as the EMS and sheriff’s office, will cost $180 per month.
County commission chairman Anthony Dove said the same service would have cost $1,000 per month from Windstream. He noted that the county offices have had slow Internet connections. The change will also allow the county 9-1-1 center to set up a backup 9-1-1 center with laptop computers if needed at the EMS station in Danielsville. 9-1-1 director David Camp said 9-1-1 can use laptops remotely, but added that voice services need higher Internet speeds.