Grant & Loan Awards: White County
BRIDGE funds to assist a regional partnership in evaluating the feasibility and economic impact potential of extending fiber optic broadband from Forsyth County to Lumpkin, Dawson, White and Union counties. The evaluation includes completion of Georgia Tech's TechSmart Program as well as a detailed engineering and system design plan. The regional partnership believes that the North Georgia Network (NGN - pronounced Engine) has the potential to create a new technology-based economy for the North Georgia Region. Initial activities will evaluate high speed connectivity, network redundancy and multiple carrier criteria deemed critical for existing and prospective technology-based companies. Subsequent activities will include design, engineering and business modeling to test the feasibility of building and operating a North Georgia fiber optic network.