You don’t have to offer up millions in tax credits and subsidies to get companies to invest in Georgia:
AT&T Inc. announced today plans to invest approximately $500 million over the next several years in fiber network upgrades, further broadband deployment and Internet-based technologies to bring new services to Georgia consumers, including cutting- edge television.
This announcement is a direct result of the foresight of the General Assembly in passing House Bill 227, the Consumer Choice for Television Act, and the leadership of Gov. Sonny Perdue.
HB 227 allows companies that want to provide competitive video services to get a state-issued franchise rather than negotiate with individual municipalities, a process that often took years to complete. In part, the new technology upgrades will support Internet Protocol (IP)-based television, high speed Internet access and, in the future, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.
“Georgians deserve the benefits of competition,” said state Sen. David Shafer, chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. “The investment by AT&T shows that eliminating the barriers to competition brings choice to consumers and investment to our state.”
See, instead of taking our tax dollars and giving it to KIA, you could just get rid of some of the dumb laws your predecessors have written.