Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Opens EBB Program to Broadband Providers for Testing, Georgia Announces Partnership to Expand Broadband Access


FCC Entrance Feb 2020 Shutterstock-1FCC Opens EBB Program to Broadband Providers for Testing 

In preparation of launching the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (Program), the FCC announced that it has opened the Program to participating broadband providers for testing.  FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel noted that “As the agency continues to work to rapidly deliver much-needed relief to families across the country, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in record time. I am thrilled that we have more than 600 providers now committed to the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Many have expressed interest in helping make sure consumer enrollments go as smoothly as possible as we near the program’s launch. For millions of families making the hard choice between paying a utility or internet bill or at risk of digital disconnection, help is on the way.” 


newsEngin_20873246_Georgia-Capitol-cropGeorgia Announces Partnership to Expand Broadband Access 

To expand broadband access to unserved areas of Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Washington EMC will form a new partnership with Conexon Connect to provide high-speed fiber internet to more than 12,000 homes and businesses in 10 Middle Georgia counties: Baldwin, Emanuel, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, Laurens, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson.  Washington EMC, an electric member corporation, will partner with Conexon Connect to design and build a 3,000-mile fiber network.  This network will not only provide improved electric service and increased reliability through smart grid capabilities, it will deliver high-speed internet access.  


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