Officials and school leaders celebrated Wednesday the opening of another core point of presence on the North Georgia Network, a 1,100-mile fiber-optic network bringing high-speed Internet to the North Georgia mountain region.
The point, near Lumpkin County Middle School on Mountain View Drive, allows service to be built out to nearby businesses, homes and schools.
According to a news release, the idea for the network was launched at the Lumpkin County Development Authority in an effort to attract higher-paying jobs, which required better technology infrastructure.
“To offer a good quality of life, companies want to be able to place their businesses in areas away from the high traffic and high cost of living that defines Atlanta,” North Georgia Network President Bruce Abraham said. “By creating the North Georgia Network, we’ve put into place the infrastructure to attract top companies to North Georgia. The network is for those who will come and for those who are already here.”
The entire network when complete will run through Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union and White counties. The project is costing $42 million, funded in large part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Other points will be built in Dawsonville and Cumming by the end of the year.
Two other points will be installed in existing buildings at the most southern and northern points in Atlanta and Blairsville.