But money for internet construction has been lacking.
The state government is creating a map of every location in the state without high-speed internet, an effort that will identify areas that could receive future funding.
“The funding from USDA illustrates the importance of investing in progress,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement. “Broadband access will not only boost the local economy in Ellijay, but it will also enhance the quality of life for families in that community.”
The USDA last year awarded a $14.3 million loan to Forsyth CableNet to finance internet construction in Monroe County.
The grant in Gilmer County comes from the USDA's $600 million ReConnect program, authorized by Congress in 2018. An additional $550 million in ReConnect funding will be available this year.