Georgia Legislative update on rural broadband from Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe)

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 With only five legislative days left until the 2019 Session ends, state lawmakers are working diligently in committee and on the House floor to advance policies that put hardworking Georgians first.
Expanding Rural Broadband 
Even though it’s 2019, 25% of Georgia families do not have access to High Speed Internet. This lack of connectivity makes it difficult for students to do their homework, business owners to sell products online, and communities to recruit economic development projects.
Expanding access to rural broadband is a priority of the 2019 Legislative Session. Last week, the House passed SB 17, the ‘Rural Telephone Cooperative Act’, which gives cooperative non-profit corporations the ability to furnish, improve, and expand broadband services. This is a huge step towards ensuring that all Georgians have High-Speed Internet access – no matter their zip code.
House Leadership Breakfast
 
Last week, leaders from the House were invited to a breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by the Governor and First Lady.
It is a privilege to serve in House and work alongside bold, conservative leaders like Governor Kemp.
Ag Week in Georgia
With 42,000 farms across the state, Georgia agriculture contributes nearly $74 billion annually to our economy and supports 73,000 jobs. Last week, we welcomed farmers and agri-business leaders to the Capitol to celebrate Georgia’s oldest and largest industry.
Congratulations to Rep. Robert Dickey for being named the “Farmer of the Year” by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The award was given as part of Ag Week at the Capitol.

House Pages at the Capitol

 

During the week, several students from District 115 served as House Pages. These young Georgians play a vital role in the legislative process and we appreciate their commitment to public service.
As always, it is an honor to represent you and your loved ones in the Georgia General Assembly.  Please feel free to call (404-656-5024) or email (bruce.williamson@house.ga.gov) with any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,
Rep. Bruce Williamson
District 115
Georgia General Assembly

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