Company may give new option for cable

ALBANY, Ga. -- A local telecommunications company is positioning itself to be able to provide cable television service in Albany, officials say.

L2Networks Corp., based out of Tallahasseee, Fla., and Albany, has asked the Albany City Commission for a franchise agreement to provide cable television service.

Calls to the L2Networks corporate offices weren't returned before press time Wednesday, but information obtained from the state governments of Georgia and Florida show that the company has been providing telephone and Internet service since 2007.

CEO Kraig Beahn incorporated the company in Florida in June 2007 as a domestic, for-profit company, records show.

In Feb. 2009, Beahn and William Carroll, who is listed as the registered agent, incorporated L2Networks in Georgia with their base in Albany.

In the city manager's report presented to the City Commission on Jan. 26, City Manager Alfred Lott wrote that L2Networks took over city and county telephone service Dec. 11, 2009.

L2Networks has been working closely with the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission, which has its own telecommunications division. On L2Networks' website, the company touts its "fiber advantage," which allows for high-speed Internet connections and telephone service.

WG&L has laid a large amount of fiber cable throughout Southwest Georgia.

If approved, the agreement would allow L2Networks to provide cable service in addition to its additional products in what could be direct competition for cable provider Mediacom.

Commissioners will likely discuss the matter at their Tuesday meeting, although the agenda for that meeting has yet to be finalized and won't be released until Friday.