CAGLE: High Speed Internet Delivered Across All of Georgia

February 23, 2018

Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle along with Senator Steve Gooch, led the Senate to unanimously pass the ACE Act – Achieving Connectivity Everywhere – an innovative and locally-focused plan to bring high-speed, reliable, and affordable internet service to our rural communities.

“Affordable, high-speed internet connects all Georgians – regardless of where they live – to the most dynamic marketplaces. The ACE Act will connect our rural communities to an untapped universe of resources and opportunities, enabling them to achieve record levels of productivity,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “Thanks to this forward-looking broadband infrastructure plan, our rural families, small businesses, students, and health care providers will compete for and win the most rewarding and advanced opportunities in the world.”

Senate Bill 402, the ACE Act sponsored by Sen. Steve Gooch, partners rural communities with industry to build out a universal broadband network. For the first time, rural Georgia will be under a state-wide strategic broadband deployment plan that coordinates all Georgia’s resources and works with local leaders to implement local solutions.

In addition to creating a dedicated partnership of public and private leaders, the ACE Act also identifies targeted funding to expand rural broadband services through public and private grant programs. Local communities will be able to secure and invest resources independently for their individual needs. Ultimately, increased investment in rural broadband infrastructure will result in a dynamic and sustainable future for our rural economies.

“As someone who lives in a rural area, I was proud to partner with Lt. Governor Cagle to deliver this much needed broadband infrastructure package,” said Senator Steve Gooch. “Hospitals, schools, and local businesses anchor our rural communities, and the ACE Act will ensure our institutions and citizens have a sustainable future filled with opportunity and a higher quality of life.”

Danny Kanso
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