April 30, 2024 | Spotlight

UGA’s efforts to support broadband access in Georgia continue with BEAD process

man looking at broadband map of Georgia on his computer screen

Writer: Staff Reports

The University of Georgia is a key partner in the state’s efforts to expand broadband internet access, improving the quality of life for Georgians. The Georgia Broadband Accessibility Map, created by the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has helped guide the state in awarding millions of dollars in grants to service providers and local governments to expand broadband service. The state is now using the map for a broadband challenge process as it prepares to deploy funding from the $1.3 billion Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. By making sure the map is as up-to-date as possible, challenges help BEAD funding go farther to make sure more Georgians have broadband access. Local governments, nonprofit organizations and internet service providers submitted challenges through April 2. The process has now entered the rebuttal phase. During this time, accepted challenges are posted, and notifications are shared about rebuttal opportunities. For more information about the process, visit the Georgia Technology Authority website.