Digital infrastructure aims to spur economic development by retaining, attracting businesses

Hargray Communications will begin extending its fiber-based network and high-speed data, IP voice and video services into the area for business customers to meet the booming needs of internet-based commerce, the company said.

Hargray, which is headquartered in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, serves several other Georgia markets, including Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville, Richmond Hill and Lake Oconee, and recently announced its entry into Valdosta.

Macon-area business owners will be able to receive higher speeds and more reliable connectivity to the internet, including speeds of 1 gigabit per second and beyond, as well as data storage, backup and continuity services. Services will be available starting late spring.

Founded in 1949, Hargray is a regional telecommunications company providing advanced internet, television and telephone communications services in a growing set of markets in South Carolina and Georgia. Hargray is committed to delivering the most advanced technology and the best service for its customers in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties in South Carolina, and Bibb, Bulloch, Chatham, Greene, Houston, Liberty, Lowndes, Putnam and Tattnall counties in Georgia.