BEAD Program

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is assisting the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) to expand broadband across the state, supporting every Georgian’s access to highspeed, reliable internet.

GTA is currently in the planning phase for more than $1.3 billion in grant funds from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. These dollars will be used to support broadband grants to serve remaining unserved and underserved locations in Georgia.

To access BEAD funds, the state must first develop a detailed plan, referred to as an Initial Proposal, that demonstrates how, at a minimum, all unserved locations in the state will be connected to broadband by the end of the BEAD Program. NTIA will review this plan, and once approved, GTA and OPB may begin implementation. GTA is developing the Initial Proposal in two volumes.

Georgia BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1

GTA is pleased to provide the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Initial Proposal Volume 1 for review and comment.

Comments will be accepted beginning September 19 through October 18, 2023, and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Five-Year Action Plan

GTA is pleased to present the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program Five-Year Action Plan.

The plan includes a comprehensive broadband needs assessment and establishes the state's goal of providing all Georgians will robust, high-speed internet connections, along with the tools and skills needed to make the most of opportunities enabled by broadband access.

Read the full report below.