The Wireless Communities Georgia program came to a successful close in June 2011 after providing $3.9 million to assist local communities in developing wireless broadband networks. The program was established in 2006 with funds appropriated by the General Assembly. The Georgia Technology Authority managed the funding awards and monitored project implementation.
By supporting the deployment of high-speed wireless networks, the program helped to:
- promote economic development
- expand educational opportunities
- improve the availability and efficiency of government services
The following awards were made:
- Augusta, $562,500
- Decatur, $427,500
- Dublin, $318,750
- Hapeville, $299,354
- Milledgeville, $862,500
- Thomasville, $500,000
- Savannah, $600,000
- Statesboro, $322,298
Local governments were responsible for proposing, planning and implementing the wireless projects in their communities. They were required to provide a certain amount of matching funds, and partnerships were encouraged with private-sector companies, local colleges and universities, and government agencies such as law enforcement.