Faster internet is on the way for 31,000 customers in downtown Ga

A government grant will help citizens in rural communities access the Internet.

ROBERTA, Ga. — High-speed internet is on the way for even more central Georgians who can’t get it right now. 31,000 homes, businesses and institutions will now have broadband access in nine counties.

“For businesses like City Hall, the computers bog down and it’s hard to get good service,” Roberta Police Chief Ty Matthews said.

Slow internet is a common thing in central Georgia.

“We will find citizens who sit near the library at night to access the Internet,” Matthews said.

It’s what prompted the state to push for underserved and forgotten businesses, homes and institutions in nine central Georgia counties to create a 3,000-mile fiber optic network. Flint Energies and Connexon Connect make it happen.

“Flint Energies recently received a $25 million grant and we are very pleased as it will help us build this fiber backbone so that we can deliver internet to our customers and members faster and faster,” said Jennie Lacey of Flint Energies.

The American Rescue Plan grant fund made the $90 million project feasible. It should be finished in 2026.

Flint has already started building the fiber network for its current customers.

The nine counties mentioned in this week’s announcement are: Crawford, South Houston, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Talbot and Taylor counties.

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