Kemp to invest an additional $240 million in broadband

Governor Brian Kemp announced Friday that he is investing $240 million in federal COVID relief funds to expand Georgia’s high-speed internet infrastructure.

“Whether you own a small business in rural Georgia, run a farm that uses precision farming technology, or have kids who need to do homework, the expansion of high-speed internet is having an impact. on all Georgians,” Kemp said.

“Regardless of location, access to broadband service is essential for all communities in Peach State to thrive. I remain committed to helping improve the lives of our citizens by bridging the digital divide in our state.

Many areas of the state still lack broadband access, according to a map released by the state government.

The Kemp administration will have invested more than $1 billion in expanding broadband access by the end of the year, according to the governor’s statement.

The funds will be administered through a competitive grants program. Further details on applying for new grants will be released next week.

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