Big-Dollar Broadband Expansion Ahead for Georgia: Who’s Watching the Money?

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9 min read
1702 words
Beau Evans
Nov 24, 2021
Key Points
  • Hundreds of thousands of families and businesses across the state lack reliable modern-day internet to tackle their jobs and attend school.,
  • Around $700 million could help bridge the digital divide between Georgia’s urban and rural counties.,
  • Costs of building broadband – at several thousand dollars per location – highlights the need for local governments to keep providers from duplicating service or cherry-picking easier-to-reach areas.
Nearly half a million homes and businesses in the Peach State – close to 1 in 10 – don’t have access to high-speed internet. But now there’s hundreds of millions of dollars worth of public contracts heading Georgia’s way, creating a “wild West” of spending and bidding and raising serious questions for officials and policy ...

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