Connecting Our Communities to the Broadband Network
Broadband has become essential to business, education, healthcare, agriculture, and overall quality of life. Unfortunately, high-speed internet access remains out of reach for Georgians in many rural communities in the River Valley Region. The challenge of maintaining and expanding the region’s broadband system is greater than ever, as the area’s population is expected to increase, bringing more people and businesses.
Regional Broadband Planning
The River Valley Regional Commission, as the region’s federally designated development organization, works with local and state agencies and local governments to develop and manage comprehensive broadband expansion through the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative. This includes a Georgia State Broadband Plan to identify, evaluate, and recommend options which can be implemented by governments and providers.
Broadband in the
River Valley Region
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The purpose of the Broadband Ready Community Designation is for a community to demonstrate that a local unit of government has taken steps to reduce obstacles to broadband infrastructure investment. RVRC is helping local governments amend their comprehensive plans to include the promotion of the deployment broadband services and adopt a model ordinance in order to become eligible to apply for a Broadband Ready Community Designation. See the list of updated communities here.