Pike County

Exploring Cost-Effective Solutions to Connectivity Challenges

Pike County seeks to improve access to connectivity in their community as part of the 2021 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge!

“We want to serve the citizens of the community by ensuring options for broadband access in all areas of the county, so that no communities are left behind in the digital divide.” – Brandon Rogers, Pike County Manager

Pike County seeks to serve the citizens of the community by ensuring options for broadband access in all areas of the county, so that no communities are left behind in the digital divide. This means seeking out reliable sources for connectivity that can reach unserved areas of the county at an affordable price range – for residents and the municipality.

As infrastructure investments are often driven by an intersection of cost and functionality, Georgia Tech researchers Ada Gavrilovska and Ellen Zegura will be working with Pike County administrators to analyze technologies for improving connectivity in the county, including exploring different types of broadband options, to identify solutions that are both cost-effective and reliable for consumers. Further, researchers will assist Pike County in identifying how to ensure these solutions are available for applications in the agricultural technology space, like having sensors available in outlying nurseries in the county.

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