That super fast fiber network is nice, but how about …

Some of us around these parts remember when the only way to get online was through a telephone line, more commonly referred to as dial-up.

We started slow but soon just about everyone was cranking out at 9600 baud. Big cities started getting 14,400. Then it doubled to 28,800 baud rates. When it hit 58,000 rates, everyone’s head exploded and we started putting seat belts on our computer chairs. We could download a photo in under a minute.

Now, we can instant message someone in China and have a real-time conversation. We don’t download a photo, we download entire photo albums and entire movies – and in under a minute.

Last week, AT&T announced a major initiative to expand its fiber network, with Newnan being considered as a candidate to receive it. The company’s fiber network will deliver its U-verse with “GigaPower” service that will allow businesses to have broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, as well as AT&T’s most advanced television services.

For those of you not up on Internet speeds, it’s going to be really, really fast. Movies will download in seconds, that person you are talking to in China will be able to answer your question before you ask it.

There’s great economic advantages to having these increased speeds as well. Video conferencing will get clearer and appear as if the others are in the same room; classes can be held with students all over the world … the list goes on.

Newnan has always been a pro-business environment, thanks to forward-looking elected officials and business leaders. And that’s one reason our area is being considered.

As Rich Johnson, AT&T’s regional director of external affairs, said, “Mayor [Keith] Brady and the city council have worked hard over the years to create a regulatory environment that allows us to consider bringing our biggest projects to Newnan. By creating business-friendly policies, Mayor Brady and city leaders have moved Newnan to the top of the list of cities where more investment makes sense.”

The potentials for businesses, educational institutions and health care providers are limitless.

The first Apollo missions were worked out with slide rulers. Today, kids have smartphones to watch movies, play games, text friends, cruise the Internet and listen to music, all in one device.

We are all for increased speeds and fully support Newnan as a candidate.

But could we also do something simple? Like being able to make a phone call and actually hear the person and not have to contort our bodies in weird positions just to get more than a single bar of reception? That would be nice as well.



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