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This area is for some of our major completed projects. Where available pictures of the sites have been includes for review.

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GCI constucts new facility on Currahee Mountain.

The GCI communications facility on Currahee Mountain had seen better days. The site was originally constructed in 1979 by a previous communications company consisted of a 8' x 8' concrete block shelter and 100' rohn 25G tower. Time and elements had taken their toll on both. Company plans to deploy a Wimax Wireless Internet system with Currahee Mtn as the hub site was to much for the crowded building and the 30 year old tower just could not support the antenna loading requirements. During the spring and summer of 2009 GCI personnel excavated, formed and poured the 20' x 20' concrete pad to support the new 160' self supporting tower. A new 10' x 18' concrete shelter with solid pour roof, walls and floor replaced the old block building. The new building houses all our two way systems, 158.460 Mhz alphanumeric paging system, customer radios, an amateur radio repeater and our new wireless broadband system. Site security which we did not have before now supports video cameras with 30 days of logging and site entry alarms. The site also has a 15kw Generac propane generator for backup power. 

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Stephens County E911 Project

GCI awarded multiple contracts to install the radio equipment, microwave equipment,
E911 Telephone system, Radio dispatching consoles, voice logging recorder and 160' Self supporting tower. The new radio system incorporated 4.9Ghz microwave to provide dispatcher priority of of voice traffic on all voice systems atop nearby Currahee Mountain. The microwave also support Ethernet connectivity to the mountain top communications site to support security and remote maintenance equipment.

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SGRITA Phase I
South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority is a state authorized project to provide wireless broadband services to five southwest georgia counties. The counties of Miller, Calhoun, Early, Baker and Mitchell will soon be enjoying high speed Internet and network connectivity usually only available in urband areas. The 3.7 million dollar project is a joint venture with funds being provided by One Georgia and the Flint River Soil and Water conservation district. goto www.sgrita.org for more information.

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Madison County, GA Voted Repeater System upgrade

GCI awarded the contract to enhance the county's Public Safety radio systems. The County currently uses three simplex VHF channels. The new systems will convert existing licenses to support three voted repeater systems. Each repeater has six satellite receiver sites which receive portable and mobile signals which are then relayed back to the central voter site using 4.9 Ghz digital microwave links. The new system will include all narrow band equipment. Upon completion Madison County will be one of the first counties in Georgia to have completely transistioned to narrowband operation in compliance with the FCC mandate. The microwave system design in addition to providing the backhaul for the audio from the satellite receivers, incorporates ethernet connectivity to all tower sites to support remote monitoring of electrical and environmental devices and provides a starting off point for the county to economically deploy a mobile data system for first responders.

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Franklin County GA 911 Center

GCI was contracted to install a new E911 Telephone system, Radio Dispatching consoles and provide oversight for the new Computer Aided Dispatch system provided by Southern Software. The center installed four positions of TCI Invision e911 telephone system and IPC TDM 150 dispatching consoles.

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Oconee County SC Microwave Project

GCI has just completed a multi-phase contract to enhance the services and capabilities of the County Public Safety Radio Network. Phase I of the project consisted of building a new communications site near Piedmont Forestry Center in Tamassee, SC. The site included a 190' Self Supporting Tower and concrete equipment shelter to house the communications equipment. The tower and building were designed to withstand 110 mph winds. Phase II of the project consisted of installing two 4.9 Ghz Microwave systems to transport voice and data. The microwave systems will connect the new Piedmont Forestry site and the Oconee County 911 Center to their main communication site on Long Mountain, near Mountain Rest, SC. The new system also included a new monitoring system called Smurfnet and remote maintenence capability. Smurfnet is the name of GCI's custom designed monitoring system. Smurfnet continuously checks system devices at a number of sites, performs diagnostics and reports any failures or system malfunctions via email which is then forwarded to GCI technicians pagers and cell phones. Smurfnet also allows GCI technicians from anywhere with Internet access to log into the various devices, determine the problem, and if necessary bring the backup systems online. Being able to perform test and diagnostic routines remotely has greatly enhance our abilty to prompt restoration so services.