Lack of Internet can affect quality of life in South Georgia

Lack of Internet can affect quality of life in South Georgia

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many areas throughout rural South Georgia aren’t as up to speed as bigger cities when it comes to high-speed internet.

“On a scale of 1-10 it would have to be an 8," said Don Atkinson, CEO of CNS.

That is the priority level some state lawmakers should have to get high-speed internet to rural Georgia.

“The internet and the way it’s used has changed, it’s changed drastically over the last 5, 10, in our case 20 years,” said Atkinson.

Atkinson said one reason he believes rural Georgia does not have access to quality high-speed internet is because of certain service providers.

He added those have been in the business for decades, not updating the infrastructure, or wiring.

“In all honesty they probably need to be updated, what you see out there in rural America is nothing but copper pairs,” explained Atkinson.

Although state lawmakers are starting the fight to bring broadband to rural parts of the state, Atkinson says a wire connection is the strongest and most secure.

“The biggest thing for improving the internet speed is not only the infrastructure, but putting in fiber-optics is the ultimate infrastructure that you can have,” said Atkinson.

The fiber-optics would allow operation through electronics at virtually any speed. Think streaming.

“The ultimate product now is streaming video. Everybody watches Netflix, everybody watches Amazon Prime Video,” said Atkinson.

In a world that is quickly becoming co-dependent on technology, quality internet is a must have everywhere.

“On a broad scale in the business side is economic development, the ability for our population to be educated to allow our businesses to function on a global level, it all requires the internet,” concluded.

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