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SB 402, Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act

 
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Last Updated: 2/9/2018
Subject Area: Economic Development and Redevelopment |
Resources: bill text
This legislation known as the ‘Achieving Connectivity Everywhere’ (ACE) Act would enable Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in consultation with Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) to implement a long-term policy approach to broadband deployment in interstate highways and state roads' rights-of-way through various approaches including public-private partnerships.
This legislation would enable the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to recognize local governments as ‘Broadband Ready Communities’ through a voluntary certification program if the local government adopted ordinances or policies promoting jurisdiction-wide broadband deployment and streamlined processes to grant quicker access to the public rights-of-way. 
This legislation would also enable DCA to create a designation for 'Georgia Broadband Ready Community Site' that have at least one gigabit of service available. DCA would also develop a ‘Rural Georgia Broadband Deployment Grant Program’ to provide funding sources through existing entities like the OneGeorgia Authority Act and GEFA to service providers investing in underserved areas of the state as a means to incentivize economic development. 
 
BILL STATUS

2/8/2018 - Assigned to Senate Committee

AUTHOR

Sen. Steve Gooch
District 51
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