Sumter Co., Americus move closer to broadband internet


    AMERICUS, Ga. -- Internet access is a big issue for rural areas of the mid-state -- and one county took a big step in getting closer to fixing the issue.

    The One Sumter Economic Development Foundation along with the Pineland Telephone Cooperative announced Tuesday the beginning of engineering of a broadband network for commercial businesses in Americus and Sumter County.

    "For our businesses, it means an opportunity to access high speed data -- which we see as vital for business success as well as education for our young people in this community," said Rene Smith with One Sumter Economic Development Foundation. "We feel like it's vital for our future."

    The project should be completed by the second quarter of 2019. The community hopes additional work for residential internet will follow.

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