Telecom System in Valdosta

A $32 million telecommunication system for the Azalea City is one step closer to becoming a reality. That's because an advisory committee has decided the system would be a benefit to residents.

During the next meeting of the Valdosta City Council, leaders will be advised by an independent committee that the city should get into the telecommunications business.

Larry Hanson, Valdosta City Manager, says, “I think a majority of the committee members felt it was something that would help Valdosta grow and prosper and that it was a good business decision, that worst case it would be a break even proposition."

The city manager says the telecommunication service now being considered by the city of Valdosta would not only give you more options for your remote control, but for every aspect of your telecommunications needs.

"They could purchase cable television in a variety of packages, they could purchase Internet in a variety of packages and they could purchase local telephone service or they could purchase all three," adds Hanson.

Some folks in the Azalea City think creating some competition would be good for everyone.

Wes Sewell, a Valdosta resident, says, “I think it will be a good idea, it will help promote Valdosta, and Tifton already has this and it's seemed to work up there, so I think it’s a good idea."

Others disagree, saying a local government has no right to go into business and compete against private, established firms. Despite the division, it will be up to the City Council to decide if the $32 million project is worth it.

If the plan is approved by the Valdosta council, the communication system could be up and running within a year.