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Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:36pm

8 Rural Counties To Get High-Speed Internet

The Obama administration will spend billions of federal stimulus dollars to bring high speed internet access to rural America and Georgia.

Vice President Joe Biden made the announcement Thursday at Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville.

Surrounded by machinery that makes metal parts for anything from bulldozers to Bluebird busses, Biden said investing in infrastructure like broadband could help the nation once again lead the world in manufacturing.

“This is a historic investment today… and when it’s all said and done, we’ll be awarding $7.2 billion for access to broadband in areas like Dawsonville and all around the country.”

Governor Sonny Perdue was also in attendance. He said eight rural counties in northeast Georgia will be getting high speed internet through the program, and it’s a key step for rural Georgia business.

“Just as we’ve looked to roads and phone lines to open up markets in our history, broadband access really is the tool we can learn firsthand from this company today. It’s the tool to compete in today’s global information based economy.”

$42 million total in federal and state money will fund the project in the state.

Perdue says the investment will not only expand business potential, but it will create education and health care opportunities too.