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High speed internet expands to more of South Georgia

Tommy Hillerd said that internet is hard to come by in Mitchell County, where he lives. Tommy Hillerd said that internet is hard to come by in Mitchell County, where he lives.
Albany city manager Sharon Subadan Albany city manager Sharon Subadan
MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

More South Georgia counties will have access to high speed internet when a new utility authority completes a decade long project.

The company behind it is called the South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority, or SGRITA for short.

SGRITA is ready to do a full scale launch of high speed internet in seven southwest Georgia counties.

That's Baker, Calhoun, Early, Miller, Mitchell, Terrell, and Seminole Counties.

Tommy Hillerd said that internet is hard to come by in Mitchell County, where he lives.

"Some people get DSL if the the telephone company offers it, but they offer it in very limited places in rural Mitchell County," he said.

That is why Hillerd was excited when SGRITA offered high speed internet to Mitchell County.

So interested, he let them rent out land to build a tower in his cotton field seven years ago.

But the process still isn't finished.

"Seven years later we still don't have receivers and I don't know what the problems are."

The dream of rural high speed internet seemed doomed when new Albany city manager Sharon Subadan recommended in July that the city pull out of the deal, because at the time she believed it wouldn't benefit the city.

"They've applied for debt relief and that was a big part of why their financial situation was so strenuous," said Subadan.

Hillerd is actually one of the test customers going through a trial. 

"I've had a demonstration unit in my house for about ten days and listen it's as good as DSL," he said

The full launch of SGRITA will be on October 15.

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