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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 1:26pm

Stimulus Boosts Rural Internet

More federal stimulus money is coming to Georgia to improve Internet access in rural areas.


On Tuesday, Governor Sonny Perdue announced nearly $15 million for three projects. Part of the money will go to upgrading and expanding hundreds of miles of broadband access around Lake Sinclair.


Another project goes to an organization that will use broadband to connect rural healthcare providers, particularly in high-poverty areas. The third piece of funding will help Rabun County add computer workstations for workforce development, education, and healthcare services.


The recipients will use matching grant funds to complete their projects. So far, Georgia has accepted $163 million in stimulus funds for improving broadband internet.