Oglethorpe County is Georgia’s First Certified Broadband Ready Community

The Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative is geared toward providing access to high-speed internet across the state, and Oglethorpe County has completed a major step in the process as Georgia’s first certified Broadband Ready Community.

Any political subdivision in Georgia pursuing improved Broadband service is eligible to apply. The path to certification involves completing the online application form and demonstrating compliance with the adoption of both a Comprehensive Plan inclusive of the promotion of Broadband service deployment and a Broadband Ordinance Model.

High-speed internet remains out of reach for many residents in rural Georgia. Broadband legislation, passed in the 2018 session, is intended to promote deployment of these services. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) selected Deana Perry to lead the Broadband program. As Executive Director, Deana brings more than 20 years of industry experience.

“Broadband supports education, healthcare, workforce training, small businesses, Agribusiness and overall quality of life,” Perry said. “It closes gaps in areas of access, disparities and advancement.”

For more details, read our press release here