Georgia Senate OKs rural broadband bill

Georgia senators voted 53-1 for a bill primarily aimed at increasing broadband deployment in rural Georgia and would allow the state’s 41 electric membership corporations (EMCs) to get into the broadband business. In a statement, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said that, “Broadband access is critical to Georgia’s economic future,” and that allowing electric membership corporations to provide broadband services “is a step toward ridding Georgia of our ‘digital dirt roads’ and propelling rural Georgia to greater economic success.”

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