During week four, committee meetings and legislative proceedings were well underway at the Capitol. We passed our first bill and resolution of the session and my rural broadband legislation has been heard in committee. I am enthusiastic about the progress that we have made so far, and look forward to what we can achieve.
On Feb. 6, Senate Bill 17, the “Rural Telephone Cooperative Act,” was heard in the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. I sponsored this legislation to allow telephone cooperatives to provide internet services and broadband to their customers. This legislation would impact four telephone cooperatives in Statesboro, Metter, Newington and Rentz and allow them to get into the broadband business.