Today, the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) released the state's Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program Five-Year Action Plan. The BEAD Program, established by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), provides funding to states for the expansion of internet access.
The plan includes a comprehensive broadband needs assessment and establishes the state's goal of providing all Georgians with robust, high-speed internet connections, along with the tools and skills needed to make the most of opportunities enabled by broadband access. The plan builds on work described in the 2022 Georgia Broadband Annual Report.
"Broadband access fosters connected, resilient communities and an environment that supports economic development," said Jessica Simmons, Deputy CIO & Executive Director of the Georgia Broadband Program. "This action plan details our vision for ensuring that reliable and affordable access is available throughout our state."
Additional information about the state's broadband expansion efforts can be found within the Georgia Broadband Program webpages.