Originally Posted by Pessimistic Observer
you are reading it wrong the govt isnt into providing internet access to anyone other than schools libraries and other govt facilities
you are probably interpreting the article too literally.
this project does one thing which is provide internet ACCESS:
it provides the capital to build a fiber optic ring in north georgia that will connect to existing urban networks (i.e. atlanta and charlotte). in doing so, communities, businesses, learning institutions AND residents will have ACCESS
to broadband internet.
this project does NOT provide SERVICE:
SERVICE will be provided by the utility or co-operative that will manage the network. in offering internet SERVICE, businesses, schools, govt facilities, AND residents will have the opportunity to BUY high speed internet SERVICE from this provider. so yes, residents will have ACCESS to buy SERVICE, although at what will be at much lower upload/download speeds because they will have to connect to the fiber indirectly. it also doesn't drop fiber to the curb of every address in north georgia. instead some access methods (like residential) will be indirect access. end users are not getting FREE INTERNET, they will still have to pay for it, however, it will be at a much lower rate than if it AT&T (or any other private provider) had set up the network and had to recoup the costs
in such a sparsely populated and (generally poor) part of north georgia.
the big deal here is that, through the stimulus package, north georgia will get fiber optic internet infrastructure that delivers trude BROADBAND ACCESS where it wasn't available before.