CityNet: Bringing a City into the 21st Century
I’ve shared this many times, but I thought it’s best resting place was probably here on my own personal website. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the City of Tifton’s broadband and cable initiative called CityNet in 1999 (rebranded as Plant TiftNet in 2009 and eventually just part of PlantTel in 2020). The audio below is from an interview that I and the General Manager at the time, Pete Moss (yeah, I know, right?), did on the local radio station discussing what CityNet was all about. At the time, I was the Network Manager — meaning I was in charge of the Internet portion of the cable system as well as the MIS department (that didn’t actually exist until a few years later) for the City of Tifton.
I love history. To me, this is an important part of Tifton’s history as the offerings in Tifton, GA wouldn’t be where they are today without the existence of CityNet.
Donovan was born and raised in the deep south of South Central Georgia, roughly two hours from the Georgia-Florida line. His father was a guitar player, farmer, and eventually blue color worker for GM. His mother suffered from Scleroderma starting a few years after he was born, so she became a home maker. Growing up as an only child, Donovan’s interest included music (though he really never learned to play anything) and anything dealing with technology, but specifically computers.
He has spent his entire life involved with computer technology either as a hobby or as a career. In his middle to late teens, he ran a BBS (electronic bulletin board system – the precursor to the modern day Internet). He learned about networking computer systems, building computers, and communication technologies as part of his career.
Later in life, he fulfilled his dream of running his own ISP (Internet Service Provider) when he was hired first as the Network Manager and eventually the General Manager of the Telecommunications Department for the City of Tifton, known as CityNet.
Today he runs his own IT business and has been podcasting in some form or fashion since 2011.