US Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) celebrated federal funding of up to $ 5 million for Georgian households to subsidize the cost of high-speed internet, ensuring Georgian households can fully participate in their communities and local economies. This week, Acting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the Broadband Emergency Benefit (EBB) program has enrolled more than 2.3 million homes in the program. grants initiated by Congress, including nearly 100,000 homes in Georgia. As of mid-May, households in the 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa have been eligible for a discount on their monthly internet bills and have selected a participating EBB provider to receive home Internet service. Senator Warnock continues to deliver on his campaign pledge to prioritize and fight for the expansion of rural broadband, emphasizing the need for reliable broadband internet infrastructure in rural communities like Waverly Hall, in Georgia, during a visit last month to WavCom, a rural broadband provider in the region, to co-sponsor the Accessible and Affordable Internet for All Act, which would expand the EBB and allow additional funding to roll out high-speed broadband infrastructure.
“Access to broadband has become a much needed utility expense for households in Georgia, especially in the wake of this once-in-a-century pandemic, as we have become even more dependent on internet access while we are bringing together, learning and working virtually, ”said Senator Reverend Warnock. “All Georgians, regardless of income or postcode, should have reliable broadband access to stay connected to their school, work and community. The Emergency Broadband Benefit program brings us closer to that goal with almost 100,000 Georgian households enrolling in the first three weeks of the program, and I will continue to fight to expand broadband access to Georgians in every community in our state.
“Connecting Americans to broadband and bridging the digital divide is at the heart of our business, and we are delighted to make the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefits Program available to our customers in Georgia.” said AT&T President Georgia Venessa Harrison. “This essential relief provides the connectivity needed by many low-income households.”
“In three short weeks, millions of homes signed up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, with almost 100,000 homes in Georgia alone. The high level of interest we have seen in the program would not be possible without the support and leadership of trusted community voices like Senator Warnock. By working together, we will continue to connect more Georgian families with the support they need to connect and stay connected. We are just getting started. I am grateful for Senator Warnock’s continued commitment to providing every American with the help they need to succeed in the digital age, ”said FCC Interim President Jessica Rosenworcel.
Senator Warnock has been a strong supporter of prioritizing broadband expansion, including in rural areas and urban centers. As part of his efforts, Senator Warnock recently signed a letter with 20 of his Senate colleagues calling on the leaders of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to share data to identify communities without high-speed Internet access and work together to improve broadband connectivity. Senator Warnock also recently signed a letter to the FCC urging the Commission to work with state and local governments to create more accurate maps to better identify Georgian and American families who still lack reliable broadband and broadband. debit.
Read the full text of the letters HERE and HERE.