Regional Digital Economy Plan

Under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Georgia Technology Authority received $5.2 million to facilitate a State Broadband Initiative through December 2014.  A portion of these funds was set aside for the development of Regional Digital Economy Plans with Georgia's Regional Commissions.


The purpose of the Plan is to 1) document the resources and unmet needs of digital assets, broadband infrastructure, services, and related technology utilization; and 2) to form strategies to fill identified gaps.  These strategies will then be incorporated into the regional comprehensive plan for Northeast Georgia.


The Draft Northeast Georgia Digital Economy Plan is available for review through August 29, 2014.  Please send any inquiries, comments, or corrections to Nina Kelly, Project Manager, at

     Northeast Georgia Digital Economy Plan (DRAFT revised 9/8/14)
     Appendix II
     Appendix III 

Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs)

GTA has asked each Regional Commission to collect data for Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in each county. CAIs include schools, libraries, government buildings, and hospitals. For information on how CAIs are categorized, visit the State of Oregon Broadband Mapping Project website

Broadband Terminology

“Broadband” is a general term for internet accessibility at faster speeds than dial-up. Types of broadband include:


Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) – wireline/wired broadband technology based on separating connections for voice and data using a telephone line to allow for higher frequencies than dial-up. Availability and speed may depend on the distance from the closest telephone company facility.


Cable Modem – wireline/wired broadband provided by cable operators using the same coaxial cables that deliver pictures and sound to one’s television set. The cable modem is a device with two connections, one to the cable wall outlet and the other to a computer or router. Speeds vary depending on modem type, network and traffic, but are generally comparable to or exceed DSL.


Fiber – fiber optic technology converts electrical signals carrying data to light, and then sends the light through transparent glass fibers about the diameter of a human hair. Speeds generally far exceed DSL or cable modems.


Wireless – wireless fidelity (wi-fi) is a “short-range” technology used in conjunction with DSL or cable modem service to connect devices to the Internet.  Wi-fi may be fixed (e.g. “hotspots”) or mobile (e.g. 3G, 4G). Mobile wireless services are generally slower than wireline or fixed wireless broadband alternatives.


Satellite – a form of wireless broadband that is particularly useful for serving remote, sparsely populated areas.  Speeds vary depending on several factors such as provider, weather, and the line of site to the orbiting satellite.