Amendment to P3 Georgia Law May Bring Broadband to Underserved Counties

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

The state of Georgia may be expanding high-speed broadband to rural areas through a public-private partnership. Candidate for governor and current Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle recently announced his plans to empower the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) to carry out the broadband expansion.

Currently, Georgia law allows public-private partnerships between government and private businesses, however it doesn’t allow the partnerships for broadband services. Lt. Governor Casey would amend the law allowing P3s to be created for broadband supply.

Other changes among the public-private partnership plan is the sales tax elimination for rural broadband. Currently, Georgia taxes equipment used for broadband supply. Those living in underserved counties in Georgia will be eligible for a sales tax exemption on all equipment installed.

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