The Newnan Times-Herald


Nokia internet meeting in Grantville moved to Sept. 26

  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Sep. 12, 2018 - 10:52 PM

The meeting between officials with Nokia and Grantville residents this month has been changed to Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m., but one of the Nokia presenters is recuperating from a injury, according to City Manager Al Grieshaber.

Many Grantville residents want high-speed internet service, but so far no provider has offered it. Nokia will still make the presentation in the council chambers at the Glanton Complex, Grantville’s municipal offices on Lagrange Street.

When the meeting was initially announced, Mayor Doug Jewell encouraged all citizens to attend.

“That will be very informative when it comes to what they’re looking to offer the citizens,” Jewell said.

Expansion of broadband services has been a topic for politicians in the last few years. Many have touted the economic advantages that could come from having high-speed internet access everywhere.

Speaking last year at a meeting of the Three Rivers Regional Commission in Sharpsburg, U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson called broadband expansion “the REA of our time.” He compared the potential of broadband to the federal Rural Electrification Act, a New Deal program that brought electricity to remote locations throughout the country.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle, who was Kemp’s primary opponent, both campaigned for growth of internet access across rural Georgia.

News editor Winston Skinner contributed to this story.