Gov. Perdue awards broadband projects

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced three new state broadband projects that will receive $13 million in federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects will bring high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses in rural communities.

Windstream Corp. received two of the awards. The first, worth $6.9 million with an addition $2.3 million in outside capital, will serve 29,000 people throughout north Georgia. The second award, worth $5.1 million with a $1.7 million match from Windstream, will serve 44,000 people in 23 Georgia cities, including Milledgeville, McRae, Montezuma and Unadilla.

The Blue Ridge Telephone Co. will receive about $850,000 to bring broadband service to Blue Ridge.