In 2019 Senate Bill 2 authorized EMCs to provide broadband, with the goal of making it easier to roll out expansion to rural swaths of the state.  That is paying dividends with this week’s announcement that Altamaha EMC (AEMC) would be forming a subsidiary, Altamaha Fiber, to bring broadband service to residents and businesses in Toombs, Montgomery, Laurens, Emanuel, Treutlen, Johnson, and Tattnall Counties in southeast Georgia.  AEMC secured nearly $30M in federal funding to help kickstart the project, which is expected to complete within 3-5 years.  Figures from Gov. Brian Kemp, U.S. Rep. Rick Allen (who represents the region), and PSC Commissioner Jason Shaw all praised the move, calling it a major win for rural Georgians who need high speed internet to keep pace in the 21st-century economy.

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