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Fiber for Breakfast 2023 Week 18: Robust Mapping and Public-Private Partnerships Unlock Rapid Broadband Funding Deployment in Georgia

What do maps, partnerships, and a governor who champions opportunities regardless of zip code have in common? It’s a recipe to make Georgia one of the leading states to efficiently and effectively distribute transformational public funding to close the digital divide. Georgia is charting its way forward through a meticulous commitment to high-quality service data and by offering relentless assistance to providers, local communities, and state agencies to move together with a common goal in mind. Join us for Fiber for Breakfast with Josh Hildebrandt, Director of Broadband Initiatives at Georgia Technology Authority, to learn about the current broadband environment and how to do work in the Peach State in the months and years ahead.

Guest Bio:

Josh Hildebrandt serves as the Director of Broadband Initiatives at the Georgia Technology Authority, focusing solely on Georgia’s broadband deployment strategy and connectivity funding mechanisms and supporting local communities and providers in their expansion efforts. Before starting at GTA, Josh worked at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources where he oversaw the agency’s legislative and public policy efforts, communications, and external affairs. Prior to joining DNR, Josh served in Governor Brian Kemp’s administration as the Policy Advisor for rural initiatives including agriculture, natural resources and technology. Josh is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.