Rural Broadband in Low Income Areas

Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins reintroduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act, House Resolution 5082, to encourage broadband development in economically disadvantaged communities.

The GO Act allows governors to designate one-fourth of their state’s low-income communities as Gigabit Opportunities Zones.  It also provides tax incentives for companies to invest in gigabit-capable broadband expansion within these zones.

The GO Act also encourages leaders of states, counties, and cities to voluntarily adopt a uniform broadband deployment plan to expedite gigabit-capable rollout.

In his reintroduction Collins said:

High-speed internet access has become a prerequisite for economic growth in America, yet many of our neighbors struggle to gain reliable access to broadband. By concentrating private investment in low-income areas, the Gigabit Opportunity Act will open the door for these communities to succeed in our 21st century economy.


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