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October 5, 2006

Lee County - If you live in rural South Georgia, you may not have access to cable television, or to high-speed internet. But technology is changing all of that.

A new wireless company, Camvera, has now established wireless service for all of Lee County. It's for residential use, but there are projections that farmers may depend on the service more than most.  

Remember when internet first found it's way into your house, with that noisy connection over the telephone line? Well, some people, still have to use their phone line to get on-line.

John Overley says, "The rural areas all over the country have been left out. Because of the population densities, some of the telephones companies haven't bothered to go there, because it's too expensive, and there's not enough people."

But the people at Camvera decided to reach out to them. They built a 500 foot tower in Lee County, and folks up to 10 miles from the tower will be able to receive the wireless signal using a modem.  Bill Bennett says, "This modem is required to access the wireless internet cloud that's now floating over the Lee County area. Once you sign up and subscribe to the services, we install a modem just like a cable modem or a DSL modem, in your home and that allows your home and only your home to have access to the wireless internet technology."

Although it will bring more convenience to residential and commercial users, the biggest advantage of wireless service could be for agricultural use.  Bennett says, "Increase crop yields, cut production costs, use them in soil probes, we use it on video cameras in center pivot irrigation systems. We also use it for tractors for auto-steer driving tractors using GPS technology."

That technology will be put on display at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, later this month. But you don't have to wait until then to go wireless.A new monthly service with Camvera runs as low as $29.95 a month.

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