Georgia County is State’s First to Be “Broadband Ready”

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If you live in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, you are a resident of the first region in the state to be designated as a “broadband ready community.” According to AJC.com, the town passed an ordinance designed to make it easier to install high speed internet lines. 

Once the county verifies that an application for a broadband network project is complete, Oglethorpe County has mandated a ten day turn-around time on the processing of that application. 

Applicants will receive their “yea” or “nay” within that ten day timeframe. The county has also made the process more enticing by keeping the application fees under the $100 mark. 

“We really saw the broadband ready designation as a way to brand our community as open for business,” said county planning development director, Amy Stone. “We want to share that message as far as we can.” Georgia Broadband Executive Director, Deana Perry, concurred stating that internet outreach is necessary for rural areas to grow small businesses, and improve agriculture and educational opportunities, health care, and overall quality of life.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs encourages local governments seeking to improve their broadband capabilities to apply. 

September 17, 2019

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