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Unique partnership enables broadband network in rural Macon County

TUSKEGEE, Alabama  Many businesses and homes in Macon County now have the capability of connecting to a next-generation fiber broadband network, thanks to a partnership that pools state grants, private investment and philanthropic funding.

Joe Turnham, director of the Macon County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA), said the project represents a transformative opportunity to drive long-term economic growth and improve the well-being of the county’s residents.

“We’re building broadband fit for the future, and the county is already realizing the benefits,” Turnham said.

The network has secured a number of early wins for the area, including helping attract Samkee Corp.’s $128 million auto parts manufacturing facility and enabling a collaboration between Tuskegee University and telehealth company OnMed, providing remote care on campus for students, faculty, and the wider Macon County community.

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