Tue., December 7, 2010 4:25pm (EST)

Georgia Has Gone 4G
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Governor Sonny Perdue celebrates the launch of '4G' broadband service in Georgia with a real time video call to Athens. (photo: Edgar Treiguts)
Governor Sonny Perdue celebrates the launch of '4G' broadband service in Georgia with a real time video call to Athens. (photo: Edgar Treiguts)
Georgia has stepped into the world of 4G. Governor Sonny Perdue and officials with wireless provider Verizon announced the launch of the most current innovation of high-speed wireless access.

It’s available in the Atlanta and Athens metro areas. And Verizon officials say expansion across the rest of Georgia—and the nation—will continue through next year.

Governor Sonny Perdue says this new technology is critical to expanding economic development across Georgia:

“Bright innovative people can live anywhere in our state, and work with their colleagues-collaborate, but enjoy the benefits of data transmission, video-conferencing, that can really make their lives a lot better and productive.”

Verizon officials say this new 4G service is 10 times faster than the current broadband. As example, downloads of songs can take only 4 seconds...uploading pictures only 6 seconds.

The company says it’s spent more than $95 million in just the first half of the year to expand broadband services.