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Commissioner to host rural broadband info session next month
Stan Edwards
District 1 Commissioner Stan Edwards

Editor's note: This story has been updated to show the correct date of the meeting. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – Residents in rural parts of Newton County will get a chance to hear about a possible solution to their slow internet speeds during an information session with a company that provides rural broadband solutions.

District 1 Commissioner Stan Edwards is hosting the info session at the FFA Center Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

“I was approached several weeks ago, via the Chamber, by a company that provides rural broadband solutions,"Edwards said. "This was one of my priorities for the year so I gladly agreed to meet with them. Many people in Newton County don't even have access to DSL-speed internet, much less high-speed and they have let me know through phone calls, texts, email, and word of mouth.

“This company, Paladin Wireless, is a small company enabling education, e-commerce, and communication through internet connectivity for those that would otherwise have no way of doing so in predominately rural areas of Georgia.”

Edwards added, “This could be a significant revenue stream for the county as well through user fees - really significant.”

He said he’ll have the costs per subscriber numbers later.

“It may be a dead end street but the rural taxpayers deserve at least a chance to see if it passes the smell test,” Edwards said.