Georgia Broadband Executive Director Deana Perry said internet is needed in rural areas for small businesses, agriculture, education, health care and overall quality of life.
Internet service is spotty in Oglethorpe, and the 15,000-person county wanted to show internet providers it's prepared to grow, said Amy Stone, the county's planning development director.
“We really saw the broadband ready designation as a way to brand our community as open for business,” Stone said. “We want to share that message as far as we can.”
Local governments can apply for the broadband ready certification through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.