Like it or not, our economy is heavily dependent on electronic communications. Our communications infrastructure is a critical part of what makes the wheels of commerce turn.
That’s especially true in an economy where more and more people are using credit and debit cards rather than cash and where online commerce is growing. Without electronic communications and the broadband lines that carry it, everything from pumping gas to buying a sandwich to paying routine bills would come to a halt.
In addition, a lot of high-tech firms have subcontractors do work from home. Those individuals depend on a good broadband connection to do their jobs.
Unfortunately for a large swath of Northeast Georgia, this broadband communications link is almost totally dependent on one monopolistic company, Windstream. And for too many customers, dealing with Windstream has been like riding a 19th Century horse-and-buggy down a 21st Century highway.
Last week, Windstream was fined $600,000 by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection over allegations of false advertising. The company has been promising fast Internet connection speeds, but delivering much slower connections to many users in Georgia.
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