Duluth, GA — Today, Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-07) announced that Georgia will receive over $1.3 billion to expand highspeed internet access across the State. The funding comes from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). This investment will expand highspeed internet access by funding the planning and implementation of programs across the country.

“Families across Georgia rely on access to broadband for their jobs, their schoolwork, and keeping in touch with loved ones,” McBath said. “I’m thrilled to see these federal funds come home to Georgia. Expanding our state’s access to broadband is critical for the economic success of our small businesses, the educational future of our children, and the pursuit of equity in our communities.” 

Across the United States, almost 8.5 million locations lack access to high-speed internet service. The Biden Administration's Investing in America agenda aims to bridge this divide and connect everyone in America with affordable, reliable, highspeed internet service. Last year, the Administration launched the Internet for All initiative with $65 billion from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, $25 billion from the President's American Rescue Plan, both pieces of legislation McBath fought for. Internet for All will deliver high-speed internet infrastructure to every corner of the country, enable working families to afford service, and ensure that everyone has the digital skills and devices they need to stay connected.