“It may take 10 years or 15 years ... to cover the whole state of Georgia,” said Rep. Jay Powell, R-Camilla, the co-chairman of the council. “This gives us a mechanism by which we can start.”
It’s unclear how much state funding would be available for expanding internet service, but legislators say they’ll raise money through a telecommunications tax.
The telecommunications tax would be charged at the same rate to all providers of the same service, including satellite and cable internet providers. The tax rate could be up to 3.5 percent of gross receipts, according to the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, which advocates for county governments.
The telecommunication tax would replace existing franchise fees, which would be eliminated.