What is broadband?
A wired or wireless terrestrial service that consists of the capability to transmit at a rate of not less than 25 megabits per second in the downstream direction and at least three megabits per second in the upstream direction to end users.
What is an unserved area?
Any residence, dwelling, home, business, or building that does not have wired or wireless terrestrial internet service capable of achieving the minimum speed tiers of 25 megabits per second in the downstream direction and at least three megabits per second in the upstream (25/3 Mbps).
Who can provide broadband services in Georgia?
Communications service provider companies, Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMC), public utility providers, or any other entity that builds or owns a broadband network project.
How does GTA help?
We coordinate the establishment and administration of programs to increase economic, educational, and social opportunities for citizens and businesses through broadband services.
Creates a written statewide broadband services deployment plan and recommendations for the promotion and implementation of broadband services. (OCGA § 50-40-2 [a.1])
Provides technical support and advisory assistance to state agencies in developing grant, designation, and other programs to promote the deployment of broadband services. (OCGA § 50-40-2 [a.2])
Performs periodic analysis in conjunction with the State Properties Commission of any state assets that may be leased or otherwise utilized for broadband services deployment. (OCGA § 50-40-2 [a.3])
Coordinates between state agencies, local governments, industry representatives, community organizations, and other persons that control access to resources, such as facilities and rights of way, that apply for or receive federal funds for the deployment of broadband services, and that promote economic and community development. (OCGA § 50-40-2 [a.4])
Submits an annual report to the general assembly and the governor on the deployment of broadband services. (OCGA § 50-40-2 [b])