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Brighter Future to Come as Lee County is Broadband Ready

Brighter Future to Come as Lee County is Broadband Ready

Growing in population and commercial development, Lee County is still considered a primarily rural area with several locations either underserved or with no access to internet service at all. Areas in need of broadband service range from 50-year-old farmhouses in North Lee County to new residential developments in the South. With the county citizens’ complaints began to amplify due to the pandemic, Lee County propelled itself to apply for the designation. 

April 21, 2021
Press Release

Bartow County is Now Broadband Ready

From left are Broadband Director Deana Perry, DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn, and Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor.

Bartow County has recently been announced as Broadband Ready, receiving a certification from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The designation recognizes a city and/or county whose local government has completed the application and demonstrated compliance with the adoption of a local comprehensive plan inclusive of the deployment of broadband services and a Broadband Model Ordinance.

April 16, 2021

Marion County to Receive Broadband Ready Certification

With COVID-19 impacting several counties across the state, limited internet access challenges have been a highlighted issue for the residents and businesses of Marion County. The pandemic had caused the gaps in the community to become more apparent as school systems closed and people were having issues connecting to the internet.

April 13, 2021

McDuffie County Designated Broadband Ready

Being close in proximity to Fort Gordon, Clarks Hill Lake, and Interstate 20, McDuffie County expects more growth of new residents, larger industries, and commercial activity. Like most rural counties within Georgia, however, McDuffie has large portions where there is little-to-no access to internet.

April 12, 2021

Elbert County values Broadband Ready Certification

From left are Elbert County Commission Chairman Lee Vaughn and Georgia Department of Community Affairs Region 3 Representative John VanBrunt.

Elbert County, located in northeast Georgia, kicked off 2021 with a Broadband Ready Certification from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. County Commission Chairman Lee Vaughn said there are few internet providers in the area, leaving many individuals, families, and businesses completely unserved. Like many communities around the state, COVID-19 exacerbated the issue known as the digital divide.

March 15, 2021
Press Release

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction to Expand Broadband for Georgia Households, Businesses

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction to Expand Broadband for Georgia households, businesses

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that 15 bidders have secured more than $326 million in Rural Digital Opportunity Funds (RDOF) to deploy high-speed broadband to thousands of rural Georgians over the next 10 years. As a result of the recently completed Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction, high-speed broadband will be deployed to more than 179,000 currently unserved homes and businesses in the state. This represents nearly 99% of locations that were eligible to participate in the RDOF auction process. 

December 14, 2020

Colquitt County is Broadband Ready

Colquitt County is Broadband Ready

Only 30% of residents in Colquitt County have internet access, according to Melissa Lawson, county clerk. Therefore, the Broadband Ready certification is a major step toward connectivity in an agriculture-based community. Cities and counties with this Broadband Ready designation have completed the online application and demonstrated compliance with the adoption of both a Comprehensive Plan, inclusive of the promotion of deployment broadband services, and the Broadband Model Ordinance.

November 24, 2020
Press Release

Dublin Looks Toward Future with Broadband Ready Certification

Dublin Looks Toward Future with Broadband Ready

The City of Dublin joins several communities across Georgia that are Broadband Ready. Cities and counties with this certification have completed the online application and demonstrated compliance with the adoption of both a Comprehensive Plan, inclusive of the promotion of deployment broadband services, and the Broadband Model Ordinance.

October 1, 2020
Press Release

Lumpkin County earns Broadband Ready Certification

From left are Georgia Technology Authority Chief Information Office Calvin Rhodes, Sen. Steve Gooch, Broadband Executive Director Deana Perry, and DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn.

Lumpkin County is the latest community in Georgia to receive a Broadband Ready Certification from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Communities certified as Broadband Ready have completed the online application and demonstrated compliance with the adoption of both a Comprehensive Plan, inclusive of the promotion of deployment broadband services, and the Broadband Model Ordinance.

August 18, 2020
Press Release