Senators Reverend Warnock and Ossoff secured $36,492,568 in federal investments to expand reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to Middle Georgia
Investments are from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, legislation championed by Senator Reverend Warnock
Federal investments will boost high-speed internet in Bibb, Crawford, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Talbot, and Taylor counties
More than 21,000 Georgians, 550 schools, 320 farms, and 25 educational facilities will benefit from this federal investment
Senator Reverend Warnock: “Hardworking Georgia families need reliable internet access for their jobs, education, health care and more. I’m proud that rural communities in the Peach State will have access to the resources they need to thrive”
Washington D.C. — U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) secured $36,492,568 in federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments to expand reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to Middle Georgia. The federal investments will be used to boost high-speed internet in Bibb, Crawford, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Talbot, and Taylor counties. The funding will be used to deploy fiber-to-the-premises network to connect 21,289 people, 569 businesses, 323 farms and 29 educational facilities to high-speed internet.
The funding is being dispersed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ReConnect Program, which provides funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in rural areas.
“I worked tirelessly to get the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over the finish line, so I’m glad to see the law is already making a difference in the lives of Middle Georgians,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “Hardworking Georgia families need reliable internet access for their jobs, education, health care and more. I’m proud that rural communities in the Peach State will have access to the resources they need to thrive, and I’m going to keep fighting to strengthen broadband access in every corner of Georgia.”
“Senator Warnock and I are delivering upgrades to ensure families, farmers, schools, and businesses have high-speed internet access across middle Georgia,”said Senator Jon Ossoff.
Senator Warnock is a champion for securing robust federal investments for expanding broadband access. This month, Senator Warnock joined five colleagues in a bipartisan push to introduce legislation to increase the federal funding available for broadband expansion by preventing certain grants from being considered taxable income. The Senator secured more than $650 million in federal funding to bolster Georgia’s broadband infrastructure. Last year, Senator Warnock hosted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel in Jackson County where he took her to meet directly with parents, students, and local officials about their broadband needs and the challenges they face. He also received a commitment from Rosenworcel to connect every Georgian to affordable and reliable broadband. In addition, Senator Warnock is working to bring more affordable broadband to more Georgians through the Affordable Connectivity Program, which was created through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.