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Why Google, AT&T fast Internet might skip your city

Special to SEGAZINE

If you live in one of 18 metro Atlanta cities, Internet connections 100 times faster than most American homes have may be coming your way soon.

But if you live across the street from those cities’ borders, keep waiting for that page to load.

When Google and AT&T separately announced plans this year to consider bringing gigabit-per-second speed to some local communities they left unincorporated areas and most cities off the list of candidates. (Sorry Roswell, Lilburn, Dunwoody, Kennesaw, Chamblee, Peachtree City and a host of others.)

Government officials and community activists are confused about how candidate cities were selected. They worry that unpicked cities will suffer more than bruised egos, becoming less competitive for jobs and residents. And some are looking for other ways to get fast fiber.

“It’s pretty crucial,” said Van Pappas, president of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce. “You have to be able to provide a high speed for what our society is going toward … Everyone wants to have this because they feel if they can, it’s a selling point for people who want to live there. It’s a selling point for businesses that want to locate there.”

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