Ossoff briefs Jefferson County leaders on broadband opportunities

Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 10:35 AM EST
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WRENS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff will brief Jefferson County leaders Friday on resources he secured to expand high-speed internet across Georgia.

The briefing was planned for 12:30 p.m.

Ossoff said he secured $250 million through the American Rescue Plan to expand high-quality internet access to families, small businesses, farms, and schools across Georgia.

Jefferson County is among the counties where broadband providers are eligible to apply for the new grant program.

Other CSRA counties eligible to apply for the grant funding include Hancock, Burke, and Glascock.

“I’m working with the Treasury Department to deploy these resources to the state of Georgia. The state of Georgia will then deploy them to broadband internet providers who will be responsible for actually laying fiber and expanding the access,” Ossoff said.

Communities with the greatest need will be considered for funding. Moore said she is hoping their city can apply for the money. They are looking to extend their antennas and towers to reach more people.

“Since I was elected to the Senate, upgrading our roads and bridges, removing lead pipes from our drinking water systems, and expanding high-speed internet is and will remain a high priority. So again, this is to announce good news,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Warren County, state and local officials and community leaders joined Comcast to announce a broadband expansion to 1m360 homes and businesses in Warren County, including the Cities of Warrenton and Camak.

“The digital economy has the power to transform lives, strengthen communities, and inspire a new generation of leaders,” leaders said in a statement. “As Georgians continue to work remotely, engage in distance, high-speed internet access is more essential than ever.”