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June 3, 2008

Tifton - Citizens in Tifton may soon have a new telephone, cable and Internet provider. Prospective buyers for CityNet will be in Tifton to look at the facility this week.

The City of Tifton was approached last month by an Internet-cable provider interested in buying CityNet. The city-funded service has not been profitable for Tifton, posting a loss of more than $780,000 for the past fiscal year.  

"Because it is a city-owned entity, anytime something like this occurs, you have to in the full interest of the city and its residents and the taxpayers, listen to what they have to say. And that is where we are at this time," says Tifton City Attorney Gregory Sowell.  

It's not known if the sale of CityNet would cover the cost of the debt.

CityNet currently provides service for 3,700 customers and employs 21 people.

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