Higher speed internet is headed to the Americus business area

Higher speed internet is headed to the Americus business area
PharmaCentra Vice President of Information Technologies James Mepham (Source:WALB)
PharmaCentra Vice President of Information Technologies James Mepham (Source:WALB)
One Sumter Vice Chairman Brad Lafevers (Source: WALB)
One Sumter Vice Chairman Brad Lafevers (Source: WALB)

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - One Southwest Georgia community will soon have higher speed internet.

Community leaders hope this improvement means more businesses will move to the area.

According to One Sumter, this is a $2 million dollar capital investment in infrastructure for the area.

In partnership with One Sumter, Pineland Communications will install a new high-speed fiber network that will include all of the Americus business area.

This has been a project three years in the making.

Americus economic leaders decided this is one of the most important parts to bring new economic development to the area.

Leaders said this is nothing but good news for the future of Americus and Sumter County.

"Should be a tremendous increase for local businesses that are on maybe an older cabling system that has been in place for a number of years," said Vice President of Information Technologies James Mepham.

"If you are in rural Georgia and you're looking for broadband access, you're pretty much at the back of the line most of the time. So what we said is, we're not going to wait in line anymore, we're going to step out here and find a way to do this on our own," explained One Sumter Vice Chairman Brad Lafevers.

Earlier this year, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 402 to get things in motion to bring high-speed internet into rural parts of the state.

Economic leaders said they are thankful for more than 100 donors in the community for their support to make this happen.

The hub for the new high-speed internet will be located on East Jefferson Street in Americus.

And according to One Sumter, a majority of Americus businesses will have access to gigabit capacity service by early 2019.

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