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City of Perry Explains the Impact of Being ‘Broadband Ready’

The City of Perry is now one of 50 cities considered a “Broadband-Ready Community.”

PERRY, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) — If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that high-speed internet is essential.

The town of Perry is now one of 50 towns considered a ‘Community ready for broadband.’

Ashley Hardin, Perry’s economic development administrator, explains what that means.

“We view broadband as infrastructure, and it’s something important to have in our city for connectivity so residents can work remotely or have internet access for school-aged children,” said Hardin said.

Michael Tomlin, owner and operator of Clover Wine Merchant, says internet connectivity is key to running his business, whether it’s for the payment system or ordering food and wine. They even offer wine tastings with winemakers present virtually.

“It’s fun,” he said. “Guests love it, because they chat with the winemaker. He talks about “We drink a vertical 3 or 4 when it comes to vintages,” Tomlin said. “And it explains why the 2012 was a little fruitier than the 2013.”

Hardin says high-speed fiber is already in Perry with current companies expanding their networks. She says retail stores, restaurants and hospitals can benefit from this designation.

“Honestly, I can’t think of any business that wouldn’t need broadband because everything is so automated,” she said. “Whether you’re eating out or taking care of it, you don’t have to pick up the phone to order food or buy retail. You can shop online.

Tomlin says he tries not to take high-speed Internet for granted.

“Food and drink, there’s more of that with sommeliers and my friends in the wine world than ever before, so computers and technology are crucial,” he said.

Other “Broadband Ready Communities” in central Georgia include Fort Valley, Milledgeville, Dublin, Baldwin County and Peach County.