2018 Georgia Code
Title 50 - State Government
Chapter 40 - Promotion and Deployment of Broadband Services
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 50-40-1. Definitions

Universal Citation: GA Code § 50-40-1 (2018)
    As used in this chapter, the term:
  • (1) "Broadband network project" means any deployment of broadband services.

  • (2) "Broadband services" means a wired or wireless terrestrial service that consists of the capability to transmit at a rate of not less than 25 megabits per second in the downstream direction and at least 3 megabits per second in the upstream direction to end users and in combination with such service provides:

    • (A) Access to the Internet; or

    • (B) Computer processing, information storage, or protocol conversion.

  • (3) "Broadband services provider" means any provider of broadband services or a public utility or any other person or entity that builds or owns a broadband network project.

  • (4) "Development authority" shall have the same meaning as provided in Code Section 36-62A-20.

  • (5) "Eligible applicants" means any or all public bodies, designated by the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Code Section 50-40-81, as political subdivisions qualified to apply for funds under this article.

  • (6) "Local authority" shall have the same meaning as provided in Code Section 36-82-220.

  • (7) "Location" means any residence, dwelling, home, business, or building.

  • (8) "Political subdivision" means a county, municipal corporation, consolidated government, or local authority.

  • (9) "Qualified broadband provider" means an entity that is authorized to apply for or that obtains a certificate of authority issued pursuant to Code Section 46-5-163 that:

    • (A)

      • (i) Has, directly or indirectly, been providing broadband services to at least 1,000 locations; and

      • (ii) Has been conducting business in the state for at least three years with a demonstrated financial, technical, and operational capability to operate a broadband services network; or

    • (B) Is able to demonstrate financial, technical, and operational capability to operate a broadband services network.

  • (10) "Served area" means a census block that is not designated by the Department of Community Affairs as an unserved area.

  • (11) "Unserved area" means a census block in which broadband services are not available to 20 percent or more of the locations as determined by the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to Article 2 of this chapter.

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