Georgia’s Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) represent a vibrant, diverse group of more than 4 million residents and businesses, who, uniquely, are the owners of the 41 not-for-profit co-ops across the state.
The purpose of an EMC is to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to our member-owners, but we are also committed to improving our communities and the quality of life for our members through economic development. But without access to high-speed internet, these rural communities cannot compete in today’s economy.
EMCs want to serve as a partner to expand broadband in unserved areas of Georgia, and we are taking action. Some EMCs have created affiliates and are providing broadband service to members. Most of the 41 electric co-ops in Georgia are exploring or have formed partnerships with broadband providers or have conducted studies to determine the feasibility and demand for connectivity in their service territory. But in many parts of the state, we cannot do it alone.
EMCs recognize that partnering with broadband companies is one of the fastest ways to tackle this issue. In fact, just this year, partnerships were announced by Carroll EMC, Colquitt EMC and Amicalola EMC that will expand access for thousands of Georgia households.