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Money allocated to bring broadband to rural Georgia

The Federal Communications Commission announced that an estimated 373,000 rural Americans living and working in Georgia will gain access to high-speed broadband through the Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, according to auction results.
In Georgia, the auction allocated $326,454,112.20 in support to expand broadband to 179,455 unserved homes and businesses over the next 10 years. Nearly all locations in Georgia that were eligible for the auction will be receiving access to broadband with speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps, with an overwhelming majority (85%) getting gigabit-speed broadband. The auction unleashed robust competition that resulted in more locations being awarded at less cost to Americans who pay into the FCC’s Universal Service Fund.
“This historic auction is great news for the residents of so many rural Georgia communities, who will get access to high-quality broadband service in areas that for too long have been on the wrong side of the digital divide,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “We structured this innovative and groundbreaking auction to prioritize bids for high-speed, low-latency services to deliver the best results for rural Americans, and the results show that this strategy worked. This auction was the Commission’s single largest step ever taken toward delivering digital opportunity to every American and is another key success in our ongoing commitment to universal service.”
In Jeff Davis County, Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium will receive $4,134,542 over 10 years to serve 1,980 households and businesses.

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