Any political subdivision in Georgia pursuing improved broadband access is eligible for the Broadband Ready Community Certification. A unit may be certified as a Broadband Ready Community by:
- Completing the online application form
- Demonstrating compliance with the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan inclusive of the promotion of the deployment broadband services, and
- Demonstrating compliance with the adoption of a Broadband Model Ordinance.
Apply here for Broadband Ready Community Designation
*For the purpose of applying for a Broadband Ready Designation, a Public Subdivision is defined as a City or County.
*If Designated, a Georgia Certified Broadband Ready Community has an affirmative duty to notify Georgia Department of Community Affairs of any changes to the information submitted as part of its application. Failure to notify the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of any changes may result in revocation of the Community’s Broadband Ready Designation.
Broadband Model Ordinance
The Department of Community Affairs has created a model ordinance to assist communities in satisfying the minimum requirements under O.C.G.A. §50-40-41.
*If the Georgia Department of Community Affairs receives an application inclusive of an adopted Ordinance that does not follow the Model Ordinance provided by DCA, the application will be made available for a public comment period of at least 30 days after such an application is received. O.C.G.A. §50-40-40
Designated Broadband Ready Communities
The following local units of government have met the necessary requirements to be certified as Broadband Ready Communities.
- Banks County
- Bartow County
- City of Claxton
- City of Fitzgerald
- City of Hiawassee
- City of Woodbury
- Colquitt County
- Elbert County
- Evans County
- Harris County
- Jefferson County
- Lee County
- Lumpkin County
- Marion County
- McDuffie County
- Oglethorpe County
Please view this story map as we highlight Broadband Ready Communities' Success Stories!