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Georgia Seal


Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774

 

Six Communities Receive Grant Funding for Wireless Broadband Networks

 

ATLANTA – Six Georgia communities have been selected to receive grant funding to establish wireless broadband networks through the Wireless Communities Georgia Program, Governor Sonny Perdue announced today.  The winning communities are the city of Augusta ($562,500), the city of Decatur ($427,500), the city of Dublin ($318,750), Gwinnett County ($750,000), Milledgeville-Baldwin County ($862,500) and the city of Thomasville ($500,000).

“I congratulate these communities for being the first recipients of the Wireless Communities Georgia grant program,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.  “Broadband is the new dial tone for the 21st century.  Connectivity will help these communities expand educational opportunities, promote economic development and increase access to government services.”

At Governor Perdue’s request, the General Assembly appropriated funds for the program during the 2006 legislative session.  The program is managed by the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA).

The Wireless Communities Georgia Program accepted applications from city and county governments and local government authorities.  The applications were evaluated by technology and business managers from several state agencies, including GTA, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  Funding recipients will provide a minimum of 25 percent of the project’s total cost.  Local and state government agencies will be the “anchor tenants” of the wireless networks.

The BRIDGE program managed by the OneGeorgia Authority will provide $5 million to rural communities seeking to establish broadband networks of any kind.

The programs are part of Governor Perdue’s commitment to ensure the availability of broadband connections in every Georgia community.  The deployment of high-speed networks is designed to:

  • Promote economic development;
  • Expand educational opportunities; and
  • Improve the availability and efficiency of government services.

 

Complete details about the Wireless Communities Georgia Program are available at www.gta.georgia.gov/wcg.   

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