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NEWTON COUNTY, GA - The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds to allow the underserved Dial Mill community area of Newton County to receive internet where broadband is not accessible during its March 15, 2022, Regular Meeting.
The Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted unanimously to allocate $6,127.63, with District 3 Commissioner Alana Sanders making the motion.
Newton County received $10,852,481 in American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) funds in May 2021 as part of a 1.9 trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package passed by the federal government on March 11, 2021. Newton County will receive another $10,852,481 later this year.
In February the BOC allocated ARPA funds to be spent throughout the community from among several buckets, including broadband expansion. The ARPA legislation authorizes expenses to expand broadband services.
“I believe this is very much need as they stated to me that a lot of them in that area work from home and they cannot work from home because they don’t have internet, so they have to go to locations or pay for locations or incubators in order to work,” Sanders said. “We definitely don’t want our citizens to have to pay to work when they are allowed to work from home but they don’t have internet.”