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Expanding broadband access takes another step in right direction
Gooch and Elliotts
Steve Gooch (center) with Dawsonville natives and NASCAR legends Bill and Chase Elliott at the State Capitol. - photo by For the Dawson County News
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.