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SB 0459 - Broadband - Authorize Funding Under State Universal Access Fund
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Tracking Level: Evaluating
Sponsor: Steve Gooch (R)
Last Action: 2/28/2020 - Senate Read and Referred
Senate Committee: Regulated Industries and Utilities
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This legislation rewrites the role of the Georgia Public Service Commission in administering the broadband Universal Access Fund by striking out a lot of language in code and adding back a new arrangement that includes the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).  DCA will recommend disbursements for the Rural Broadband Portion of said fund, capped at $10 million annually.  The bill creates a larger pot of money for some projects, possibly at the expense of others.  The "Rural Local Exchange Portion" of the fund is capped at $30 million annually; requires an increase in rates to fund these expenditures.   

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