Broadband Programs

Program Description Status Updates
Capital Projects Fund This program helps state governments fund capital projects and infrastructure. It works to expand high-speed internet to deliver vital services. Open

On August 12, 2022, Governor Kemp announced the investment of $240 million to support the continued expansion of high-speed internet services to Georgians.

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program This program expands middle mile infrastructure. It aims to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. Open  
ReConnect Loan and Grant Program This program helps expand high-speed internet access in rural areas. Funds support construction, facilities, and equipment. Open USDA Rural Development Secretary Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department will begin accepting applications on September 6, 2022, for funding to expand access to high-speed internet for millions of people in rural America nationwide.
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program Builds high-speed internet infrastructure where needed, supports job training, provides the equipment needed, and drives partnerships to get everyone online. Not accepting applications  
Georgia Broadband Map Petition The petition process allows entities to submit data showing that locations and census blocks should be designated differently. Not accepting applications  
Broadband Infrastructure Program A program for states and internet providers to support high-speed internet infrastructure projects. It aims to expand internet service in areas that lack access. Not accepting applications The Department of Commerce's NTIA announced on February 25, 2022, it has awarded 13 grants as part of the Broadband Infrastructure Program.
Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program This program helps colleges and institutions that serve minority and tribal communities. It provides funds to buy internet equipment and hire staff to help with technology. Not accepting applications  
Digital Equity Act Programs Three programs that promote digital inclusion and advance equity for all to ensure all communities have affordable access and can use the internet to improve their lives. Not accepting applications  
Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative The initiative calls for the promotion and deployment of broadband services throughout the state to unserved areas with a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds. Not accepting applications  
State Fiscal Recovery Fund The SLFRF program, a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivers $350 billion to state, local, and tribal governments across the nation to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. Not accepting applications Governor Kemp, joined by members of the Broadband Infrastructure Committee and state leaders, announced on February 1, 2022, almost $408 million in preliminary awards which will provide communities, households, and businesses in 70 Georgia counties access to faster and more reliable broadband.