Georgia Secures Federal Funds to Enhance Broadband Infrastructure
U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) have exciting news for communities in northwest Georgia. They have announced a significant grant of $12.2 million that aims to provide these communities with high-speed and low-cost internet access. This will be made possible through the construction of a 185-mile fiber route spanning eight counties, connecting Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bremen, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia.
The grant has been awarded as part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program. This program, funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Law, has a budget of $1 billion dedicated to the construction and improvement of broadband infrastructure.
Senator Reverend Warnock emphasizes the essential nature of broadband access in the 21st century. He expresses his pride in securing this critical funding alongside Senator Ossoff, highlighting the importance of providing high-speed and low-cost internet to communities in northwest Georgia. Recognizing the significance of rural Georgia, Senator Warnock vows to continue fighting for broadband access throughout the state.
Senator Ossoff underlines the crucial role that broadband expansion plays in various aspects of daily life, including education for children studying from home, support for small businesses, and empowering farmers. Both senators are committed to ensuring that every community in Georgia benefits from reliable and fast internet access.
The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure grant program aims to expand and extend broadband infrastructure, thereby reducing the costs associated with connecting unserved or underserved areas. By implementing the proposed fiber network, the goal is to make affordable and high-speed internet accessible to homes and businesses in northwest Georgia that currently lack this crucial service.
According to the 2022 Georgia Broadband Map, over 28,000 Georgians will benefit from this substantial investment in rural broadband access. The project is estimated to take approximately two years to complete, with the ability to adapt and expand to meet future needs. Moreover, it will serve as an encouragement for further development and expansion of internet infrastructure throughout the eight-county service area.
This grant announcement marks a significant milestone in bridging the digital divide and fostering economic and educational opportunities for the communities in northwest Georgia. Access to reliable internet connectivity has become an essential requirement in today’s interconnected world, and these initiatives will contribute to creating a more inclusive and connected society.