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Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 4:58am

Fed Money To Boost Rural Broadband

Federal officials are providing nearly $20 million in grants to bring high-speed broadband internet service to rural portions of southern Georgia.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that 13 million has been awarded to the South Georgia Regional Technology Authority. It will usher in mobile and static broadband availability in Baker, Calhoun, Early, Miller and Mitchell Counties.

Another $4.5 million in grants has been awarded to the state and officials say $1.5 million in a private match is promised to allow the rural broadband company Windstream to provide enhanced internet service to many southern Georgia counties including Early and Miller.