Not surprisingly the legislature’s study committee on rural broadband is receiving complaints about the lack of quality service throughout the state. After a series of six hearings across the state and thousands of responses to an online survey, the committee has a number of recommendations that could become legislation in the upcoming session.
Maggie Lee of the Macon Telegraph reported:
Some of the suggestions in the committee’s report have to do with making the money side more attractive: the Legislature might consider tax credits or public loans for certain rural broadband builds, for example. The report also suggests reworking some regulations around rights-of-way to lay fiber or getting local permission to do projects.
Recently we spoke with State Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega who indicated internet access, slow speeds and high costs were the number one complaint his office receives. Additional 9th District Congressman Doug Collins has led the federal fight to improve service in rural Georgia.
The solution is not expected to be fast or easy but at least the problem is clearly on the state and federal radar.