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Courtland wants high speed internet to bring in businesses

Business owners said broadband internet could improve their business and help bring in more companies.

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 6:17 PM

The Town Courtland has three days left to raise money for high speed internet.

Business owners said broadband internet could improve their business and help bring in more companies.

Tim Sherrill with Servico, Inc Courtland Warehouse and Gin told WAAY 31 poor internet service is a downfall when attracting new businesses and people in the Town of Courtland.

"At home, I cannot send an email with an attachment without difficulty," said Tim sherrill with Servico.

Sherrill said Servico pays around $1,000 a month for strong internet service. He said not all companies can afford it. Plus, he said farmers are now depending on fat internet to take care of their crops.

"If they enter a number on a field in the spreadsheet, they have to get a response back before they continue. They might only have 50% efficiency. If they had sufficient internet speed, they can do it as twice as quickly," Sherrill said.

Courtland applied for a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. But to get the grant, the town has to come up woth $60,000 by Thursday.

The city only has $15,000 left to raise. Most of the money is coming rom donations made to The Courtland Historical Foundation.

"If this impediment is removed, it'll make it easier for the town of courtland to attract new businesses," Sherrill said.

If the grant is received, the high speed internet will also work in North Courtland and Moulton.

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