Expanding Rural Broadband
HB 887 – The Georgia Communications Services Act – proposes to give communities the ability to upgrade their broadband infrastructure by updating right of way policy. This legislation also would create new programs for which private sector businesses can compete for broadband development grants.
With 25% of rural Georgia residents lacking access to High Speed Internet, this legislation is a huge first-step towards bridging the “digital divide” in our state. With many details to be worked out, I am optimistic that we can help reenergize the small towns of Georgia. These communities are the crucible for maintaining and building the values that made America. They are worth the fight to protect them.
Expanding Access to Healthcare
Rural Georgia residents also have limited access to quality healthcare. Often times, these hardworking Georgians have to drive long distances to visit a hospital or see a specialist.
HB 769, which passed this week, creates the Rural Center for Health Care Innovation and Sustainability, clears the way for micro-hospitals, and incentivizes medical providers to practice in rural, underserved communities.