The Federal Communications Commission pulled the plug last week on a company building a new nationwide mobile broadband network. The move is disappointing to several counties in southwest Georgia who were hoping for more broadband competition and better service.
Google is among a group of organizations urging Georgia legislators to oppose Senate Bill 313. It would prevent funding public broadband networks and subsidizing costs of services with public tax dollars.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers says governments looking to get into the broadband business must play by the same rules as private providers and educate citizens prior to starting a new communications network.
Eight northeast Georgia counties will soon have access to faster broadband connections than ever before. The final pieces of a 260-mile broadband ring from Atlanta north through the Georgia mountains will be in place by the end of the month.
North Georgia has seen major population gains over the last decade. But parts of the region north of metro Atlanta have been playing catch-up with technology. The area's now in the middle of a big push to get plugged-in for the economic benefits.