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Why Atlanta?

Some like it hot

For close to 200 years, Atlanta has been the gateway to the Southeast.

At the time of the Civil War, it was a railroad hub. Since 1998, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been the world’s busiest by passenger traffic. And today, Atlanta has become a tech mecca.

“Atlanta’s total tech jobs have grown by 46.7% since 2010 – almost 20 percentage points above the national average,” noted Forbes, when it rated “Hot-lanta” the No. 3 American city poised to become the new Silicon Valley last spring.

In January, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the CEOs of 10 Atlanta-based corporations launched a $15 million mentorship-driven accelerator program and venture fund.

Engage accelerator is open to startups across the country, with a focus placed on mentoring and market access strategies.

In March, Comcast NBCUniversal announced it is investing about $200 million in a tech startup accelerator, dubbed The Farm and located within the Atlanta Braves’ new mixed-used development area.

The Farm will focus on mobility, connectivity and communications companies.

“This entire region has amazing entrepreneurs, a supportive and visionary community and government infrastructure,” said Toby Krout, executive director of Boomtown, which will direct The Farm’s 12-week accelerator programs.

Georgia's on our minds

It’s not just Atlanta.

In the 2016 Digital States Survey, which assesses each state’s effectiveness in using technology, Georgia scored among the top 10 in the nation, earning an overall A- rating and ranking first in the Enterprise Information Communications Technology category.

Governor Nathan Deal committed $50 million to establish the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta in January 2017.

Gov. Deal’s Connections for Classrooms project has granted more than $77 million since 2014 to expand classroom high-speed broadband access across the state. The grants have gone to 159 local education authorities and have enabled them to be eligible for up to $130 million in federal E-rate funds.

 

 
Broadband in Georgia
  • $69,697,765 in federal grants has been awarded to broadband infrastructure projects in Georgia since 2010
  • 88.6% of Georgians have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.
  • 83.8% have access to broadband 100mbps or faster
  • 96.7% have access to wireline service
  • 100% have access to mobile broadband
 
 

5G is calling

Verizon Communications has picked Atlanta to pilot its next-generation 5G broadband technology. The Verizon pilot, which will include businesses and consumers, will assess the technical and operational viability of a 5G network.

Rival AT&T Mobility is also conducting 5G lab trials in Atlanta.

5G networks are expected to be more reliable and offer Internet speeds 10-to-100 times faster than current 4G broadband technology.

 
 
“In order to learn necessary skills to succeed in the 21st-century job market, Georgia’s students must master 21-century skills. Digital literacy skills are becoming increasingly necessary to remain competitive in a global marketplace.”

— Gov. Nathan Deal

 
 
“We used to talk about water, sewer, interstates and airports as key components to recruit industry. Today, they want to know, ‘Is there available broadband?’”

— State Sen. Steve Gooch

 
 
“Citizens have come to expect a certain level of technology-supported services from the private sector. Citizens now expect this same level of service from government.”

— Calvin Rhodes, Executive Director, Georgia Technology Authority

 

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