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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Broadband legislation is signed
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens, but an amendment reduces the required speed of the offered broadband. It dropped the internet speed requirements for grant eligibility from download speeds of 25 megabits per second, to 10 megabits per second. The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act permits Tennessee’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives to provide retail broadband service, and it provides $45 million over three years in grants and tax credits for service providers to assist in making broadband available to unserved homes and businesses. In addition, the plan makes grant funding available to the state’s local libraries to help residents improve their digital literacy skills. Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at minimum standards. “More than 800,000 Tennesseans don’t have access to broadband, and one in three businesses identified it as essential to selecting their location. Spurring deployment in our rural, unserved areas will open them up to economic investment and growth,” Haslam said. The Act is part of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative plan aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Don Boley dead at 86 (updated)
  • Newport Utilities to hold public hearing on fiber-optic Broadband
  • Jobless numbers
  • Turner arrest and fire

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

  • Foland injured by falling tree
  • Karl Dean campaigns in Newport
  • TVA cutbacks
  • Memorial Day holiday travel
  • Summer jobs

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Tornado watch
  • Whitten charged
  • Run for the Wall
  • Newport Planning Commission
  • Organ donation

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • Rescue Squad Week
  • Memorial Day boating
  • AHCA is being considered by the US Senate
  • Border Adjustment Tax
  • Commodity distribution

    Monday, May 22, 2017

  • Marrero injured in zip-line tower fall
  • Haney sentenced to six years
  • AHCA being considered by US Senate
  • Girl bitten by groundhog
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