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High-speed internet access has become a pillar of our 21st-century economy. It’s a prerequisite for economic growth in America, yet some communities in northeast Georgia and other parts of the country lack meaningful access to broadband services because their infrastructure is under-developed.

To date, government efforts to support broadband expansion have seen limited success, and grant programs intended to fuel broadband expansion in rural areas have been routinely awarded to service providers that fail to make necessary investments in infrastructure.

We must ensure that our communities have the tools necessary for sustainable economic growth, and that includes high-speed internet access. To that end, I introduced the Gigabit Opportunity (GO) Act to incentivize firms to expand broadband infrastructure to communities that lack high-speed access. By streamlining the process of building up broadband infrastructure, the GO Act would encourage more companies to enter low-income rural and urban communities, replacing de-facto monopolies with meaningful competition.

As long as some internet providers accept federal dollars yet underserve their areas, Congress should exercise oversight. I continue to hold carriers accountable and work to expand broadband access at local and federal levels.

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January 8, 2018
Press Release
"I introduced the Gigabit Opportunity Act because northeast Georgians have been waiting for meaningful infrastructure investments to bring high-speed internet to rural areas, and today’s executive order helps move us closer to that goal.”
August 22, 2017
Op-Ed
"By lessening the disparity between the digital haves and have-nots, expanding broadband access brings Americans together and moves us forward."
June 12, 2017
Press Release
The GO Act would incentivize private investment in rural broadband by allowing companies to defer certain capital gains taxes when they convert those gains to long-term investments.
May 2, 2017
Press Release
Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today joined others in asking the FCC to commit sufficient resources to ensure that the Universal Service Fund succeeds in making affordable broadband access a reality for rural areas.
May 9, 2016
Press Release
"To better hold them accountable, Windstream has agreed to meet regularly with my office to discuss the progress of infrastructure improvements.”
April 26, 2016
Press Release
"Because Windstream has preferred tax status from the IRS, and has accepted taxpayer money from the Connect America Fund, they need to be held accountable to Congress and Northeast Georgians."
February 29, 2016
Press Release
"CEO Tony Thomas wrote me in January of 2015, that they “have some catching up to do in some areas” of my district, and yet despite this admission nothing has improved."
February 11, 2016
Press Release
Congressman Doug Collins sent a letter to telecommunications provider Windstream regarding their unsatisfactory and substandard service to their customers in the Ninth District of Georgia.