Albany officials are moving forward with a plan to bring internet service to more rural areas of South Georgia.
Commissioners approved a contract to merge the city utilities department with the South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority.
The city will manage SGRITA, and city workers will help sell its service to businesses and school systems. The city will not provide financial support.
But Interim city manager Tom Berry isn't sure the project will beat a June deadline SG-RITA has with the USDA to build all the infrastructure.
"The contracts that they have in place that we would administer take longer than that to complete. So we are going to try to help them figure out a way to accomplish that. And I'm not sure it's possible," he said.
The city has an option to withdraw from the contract in one year.