EMC Broadband Bill Likely Headed to Conference Committee

SB 2, which authorizes Georgia’s EMCs to provide broadband, has passed both chambers, but has changed and will likely go to conference committee on the final day of session. Several safeguards on prohibiting EMCs from cross subsidizing broadband from their electric or gas divisions - or not being able to charge excessive amounts for other broadband providers to access EMC poles - have been incorporated, but language limiting EMCs to only serve unserved areas has been removed. The language from HB 499, authorizing broadband infrastructure in electric easements, has been included. The cable industry still has concerns with authorizing this competition. ACCG supports SB 2.