Windstream gigabit service is now available in 15 north Georgia communities, the carrier said today. In an email to Telecompetitor, a Windstream spokesperson said the company will announce new pricing at the end of the month, at which time gigabit service will be available for $59.99.

A few weeks ago, Windstream said it had completed the first phase of a plan to upgrade the cable network that the company operates in parts of north Georgia to supports speeds of 100 Mbps. But the new gigabit service will not use cable infrastructure, but instead will be based on fiber-to-the-home technology, the spokesperson said.

“Both initiatives are part of an ongoing effort to bring faster internet speeds to Windstream customers in north Georgia,” according to the spokesperson.

Windstream’s north Georgia gigabit customers will have the option of bundling that service with the company’s cable TV offering where it is available, or with direct broadcast satellite service from Dish Network where Windstream’s cable TV service is not offered. North Georgia gigabit customers will not have the option of bundling the company’s own Kinetic video offering, the spokesperson said.

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With the Georgia news, Windstream gigabit service is now available in five states, the company said. Previously announced markets include Lincoln, Nebraska; Lexington, Kentucky; Sugar Land, Texas and seven North Carolina communities.

The north Georgia expansion will make gigabit service available to 2,500 households, the spokesperson said. He declined to reveal how many households in Windstream’s entire local service territory have gigabit service available to them.

Windstream’s north Georgia communities include Blairsville, Byron, Clarkesville, Cleveland, Colbert, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Haddock, Jasper, Jeffersonville, Lakeland, Milledgeville, Noble, Pendergrass and Springfield, according to today’s press release.