On August 5, Governor Kemp took the next step in providing thousands of rural Georgians with rural broadband when he signed the Georgia Broadband Opportunity Act (HB 244).
In December of 2020, the GA Public Service Commission will decide the costs and conditions required of broadband providers to attach to utility poles controlled by electric membership corporations. The PSC Commissioners’ decision will determine a critical cost to provide high-speed broadband in Georgia, including more expansion to rural communities in Georgia. This decision ultimately determines the speed and reality of rural broadband availability for thousands of rural Georgians and several communities anxiously awaiting the opportunities having broadband provides.
HB 244, pending action by the Georgia Public Service Commission, should benefit rural Georgians by doing the following: