FACT SHEET: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Will Uplift Low-Income Communities Across Georgia

September 10, 2021

Georgians sent President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to the White House to bring people together and get things done. Now, with President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill advancing to a final vote in Congress, the President is delivering on his promise to build every community in Georgia back better. 

Supported by a bipartisan group of senators, the Biden-Harris administration’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will make life better for millions of Georgians by creating a generation of good-paying union jobs, stimulating economic growth, and positioning Georgia and the United States to win in the 21st century – all without raising taxes a cent from earners below $400,000.

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill makes critical investments in:

BROADBAND

  • Nearly 14.5 million Americans lack access to fixed terrestrial broadband, and 44% of adults earning less than $30,000 annually do not subscribe to broadband at home. In Georgia, more than 507,000 Georgia homes and businesses still do not have access to high-speed internet. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach.
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will allocate a minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state.
  • 31% of Georgians will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access. It will also help close the digital divide by passing the Digital Equity Act, ending digital redlining, and creating a permanent program to help more low-income households access the internet.

TRANSIT

  • A lack of public transportation contributes directly to health and economic disparities in low-income Georgia communities. Georgians who take public transportation spend an extra 74.1% of their time commuting, and 7% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. 
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will dedicate $1.4 billion to Georgia over five years to improve public transportation options across the state, based on formula funding.

ROADS AND BRIDGES

  • Low-income neighborhoods with mostly Black, Hispanic and single-parent families are likely to have fewer bridges. And when those bridges do exist, they often have low clearance heights, obstructing critical transportation like commercial trucks and buses.
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will dedicate $1.4 billion to Georgia over five years to improve public transportation options across the state, based on formula funding.

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