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Wireless network at a standstill in Lee County

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March 22, 2006

Lee County-- It'll be a little longer before Lee County goes wireless.

Commissioners voted unanimously last year to bring high-speed internet to the area. A wireless network would allow law enforcement and EMS officials to communicate much more effectively. They've been trained but the company the county hired can't find a tower site.

Camvera Networks wants to put a 300-foot tower behind the EMS station on US 19 but county ordinances prevent private companies from building on the land and limit the height of the tower.

"The county is going to look into some options to help them find a site and the Governor has a new program called Bridge through One Georgia that provides some grant and loan money for programs like this so staff will research that to see if that's an option to provide wireless service to the county," says Interim County Administrator Pamela Thompson.

The $300,000 project would provide about 70 percent of the county including residents with high-speed internet access.

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