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GA to receive $13 million for rural broadband

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(August 6, 2010) – Three rural Georgia broadband projects will receive almost $13 million in grant funds through the third round of Recovery Act funding announced this week. Over 33,000 homes and businesses in 30 Georgia counties will receive service through these projects.

Selected to receive funds are:

Windstream Georgia Communications, LLC - $5,129,575 grant to provide service to over 18,500 homes and over 2,000 businesses in these twenty counties: Baldwin, Berrien, Brooks, Chattooga, Colquitt, Dodge, Dooly, Irwin, Jones, Macon, Meriwether, Pickens, Schley, Stephens, Talbot, Telfair, Thomas, Turner, Wheeler, and Whitfield. Windstream proposes to use industry standard ADSL2+ (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) protocols that will allow customers to enjoy broadband at speeds of up to 12 Mpbs. Windstream is contributing $1,709,859 towards project costs.

Windstream Standard, LLC -  $6,940,375 grant to provide service to approximately 12,000 people, 750 business and 50 other community institutions in these counties: Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White. The company will contribute $2,313,458 towards project costs.

Blue Ridge Telephone Company - $853,768 grant to provide service to 362 homes and businesses in Fannin, Gilmer and Union counties. Blue Ridge Telephone is contributing $2,320 towards project costs.

"Broadband services are critically needed in rural areas," said Donnie Thomas, acting state director of USDA Rural Development. "State-of-the-art technology allows rural businesses can compete in the worldwide market place. Children can access educational resources and receive specialized classes."

These projects were among the 126 projects in 38 states announced nationwide on August 4. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement. Georgia was selected to receive a total of $56.7 million in loans and grants in the first two rounds of Recovery Act funding for broadband.

 

To view a map of each area, click on the company below:

Windstream Georgia Communications, LLC

Windstream Standard, LLC

Blue Ridge Telephone, Co.