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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NTIA: Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than $22.4 Million to Georgia to Increase Digital Inclusion Efforts  

Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than $22.4 Million to Georgia to Increase Digital Inclusion Efforts

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced that Georgia can apply to
receive $22,455,639.68 to empower individuals and communities with the tools, skills, and opportunities they need to benefit from meaningful
access to high-speed Internet.   

As part of the "Internet for All" initiative, a key component of President Biden’s "Investing in America" agenda, NTIA announced today the availability of
more than $800 million nationally in funding for states from the Digital Equity Act’s State Capacity Program. 

"President Biden is committed to ensuring everyone in Georgia and across America has access to affordable, reliable high-speed Internet service," said
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. "Commerce’s work building high-speed Internet infrastructure is only part of the equation. Families in Georgia need the tools and skills required to make the most of that Internet connection, and that’s the $22.4 million
opportunity we’re announcing today. President Biden’s digital equity initiative will make the promise of the Internet come alive for everyone in Georgia, no matter where they live or what their background is."

States will use this funding to begin implementation of their
equity plans
. Georgia intends to use its funding to help break down barriers and unlock opportunities for stakeholders and communities
by leveraging tools, resources, and programs to improve health, education, and economic outcomes.

Through community collaboration, these digital equity plans outline the state’s approach to empowering communities with equitable access and opportunities
to adopt a high-speed Internet connection and develop essential digital skills to fully participate in society and the digital economy.   

The state’s funding was calculated based on a formula defined in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The
formula takes into account the relative population of the state (50%), the relative size of the covered populations residing in the state (25%), and the comparative lack of availability and adoption of broadband (25%). 

Details and a national news release related to this announcement are available on InternetForAll.Gov.  

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