Gov. Lee announces $14.8 million in broadband accessibility grants

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Some rural counties across Tennessee will be getting broadband service. 

Governor Bill Lee announced Monday $14.8 Million in broadband accessibility grants. The grants are expected to expand broadband service to more than 8,300 homes and businesses in 17 counties across Tennessee. 

“I am pleased to announce that we are getting our rural areas up to speed and expanding broadband in the areas that need it most,” said Lee. “I am committed to ensuring connectivity in every corner of our state as broadband impacts our goals for health care, education, economic development and beyond.”

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is working with the 13 grantees who demonstrated a high need for funding. 

For the second year of funding, grantees will provide $20 million in matching funds for a combined investment of $35 million across the state. 

Recipients include:

  • Appalachian Electric Cooperative: $1,739,581 serving parts of Jefferson and Grainger Counties
  • BTC Communications: $701,102.16 serving the Walden Ridge Community in Rhea County
  • Ben Lomand Communications: $1,525,477.78 serving the Normandy community in Coffee County
  • Gibson Electric Membership Corporation: $588,974 serving the Gadsden Community in Crockett County and part of Gibson County
  • Loretto Telephone Company: $1,050,000 serving parts of Lawrence County
  • Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative: $1,832,728.16 serving part of Humphreys County
  • North Central Communications: $304,763 serving part of rural Sumner County
  • Peoples Telephone Company: $186,494 serving part of the Danville community in Houston County
  • Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative: $817,406 serving the Griffith Creek community in Marion County
  • TDS Telecom: $1,490,291 serving the Vonore community in Monroe County
  • Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative: $1,233,987.30 serving parts of Jackson, Smith, and Putnam Counties
  • Volunteer Energy Cooperative: $1,317,488.45 serving the Spring Creek community in McMinn County
  • WK&T Telecommunications Cooperative: $2,000,000 serving part of Henry County

To learn more about Tennessee’s broadband initiatives, click here

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