Georgia communities interested in establishing wireless, broadband networks can apply for state funding to help.and
Separately, a state program is providing $5 million to rural communities seeking to establish any kind of broadband networks.Now be aware that both Cox and BellSouth are headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Apparently the state of Georgia doesn't think that private corporations alone are going to be sufficient to meet the needs of the people.
During her election campaign Governor Blanco promised to bring broadband to the whole state--but all we got was an industry-dominated broadband commission that, no surprise, has not been able to find much to do. If she really intends to do something she'll have to stand up to the industry as Georgia's Governor Perdue has apparently done. As a start she could back repealing laws that prevent local people from building their own networks using their own resources.
Georgia is actually doing something other than waiting around for others to act; we ought to do the same
Georgia grants for wireless communities
Georgia grants for all broadband