The Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) was established by its core members to provide a vehicle through which their interests could be represented in legislative, regulatory and public arenas. In addition, the Association provides a forum within which the members can share and exchange information.
The Active members of GTA are comprised of Georgia's Incumbent Independent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) also defined as Tier 2 companies in Georgia's Telecom Act of 1995. GTA has twenty-nine (29) Active members. They can be viewed by clicking on the Member Map button on the home page. ILECs serve approximately fifty-four percent (54%) of the State's geographic area and approximately sixteen and a half percent (16-1/2%) of the access lines. AT&T serves the remainder of the State. Local exchange carrier certificated service areas can be viewed by clicking on the map on the home page.
GTA's members provide consumers and businesses in rural Georgia with the highest quality advanced telecommunications services available. In addition to voice, data and a wide variety of vertical services, GTA's Active member companies and their affiliated operations provide long distance, ISP, CLEC, transport, wireless, video, satellite, broadband and other related telecommunications services.
GTA has three classes of membership: Active, Affiliate and Associate. The definition of Active members is described above. Affiliate membership is comprised of exchange carriers operating in excess of five hundred thousand (500,000) access lines. Associate membership is available to a variety of entities which principally are allied with the telephone industry.
GTA is active in numerous state and national organizations including the Georgia Rural Development Council Technical Advisory Council, Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology, Georgia Telecommunications Relay Service Center Advisory Council, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Economic Developers Association and other related organizations.