The pace during our seventh week picked up in anticipation of Crossover Day. There was movement on several of my bills last week, and I had the chance to welcome some honored guests. I am very happy to announce that Senate Bill 402, the Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act, passed the Senate unanimously with bi-partisan support on Friday, Feb. 23. This bill is a major step toward bringing broadband access to unserved and underserved areas across rural Georgia by laying the groundwork for private investment and public-private partnerships. SB 402 provides jurisdiction to the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) to evaluate local communities across the state and create plans to implement broadband projects.