Closer Look: State Broadband Director Shares Plans to Bridge The Digital Divide; Mayor Bottoms Announces Action Plan for Safer Streets; Local Nonprofit C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Fights Childhood Obesity

Deana Perry, Executive Director of Broadband at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, joins “Closer Look” in studio for a conversation about the state’s plan to expand rural broadband services.
Deana Perry, Executive Director of Broadband at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, joins “Closer Look” in studio for a conversation about the state’s plan to expand rural broadband services.
Credit Candace Wheeler

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on the City of Atlanta’s new, two-year Action Plan for Safer Streets, which Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced this morning. Atlanta City Planning Commissioner Time Keane joins “Closer Look” by phone to discuss the plan.

  • And in other news, Spelman College students, faculty and staff took part in a global climate strike today.
  • 10:58: An estimated 1.6 million Georgians lack access to high-speed internet. In rural areas of the state, 30 percent of residents lack access to broadband, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Deana Perry, Executive Director of Broadband at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, joins “Closer Look” in studio for a conversation about the state’s plan to bridge the digital divide.
  • 31:31: September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Ashley Keyes, Executive Chief at the Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. or C.H.O.I.C.E.S. joins “Closer Look” in studio for a conversation about how her organization helps Atlanta families lead healthier lives.
Ashley Keyes, Executive Chief at the Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. or C.H.O.I.C.E.S. joins “Closer Look” in studio for a conversation about how her organization helps Atlanta families lead healthier lives. (Photo credit: Candace Wheeler)

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.