Rural broadband bill to go to Gov. Haslam’s desk

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — It’s now up to Gov. Bill Haslam to sign a bill passed late Tuesday by the Legislature to create better access to broadband services.

The Broadband Accessibility Act is designed to ensure rural regions get modern internet access. Millions of the dollars will go to AT&T to develop broadband across the state.

Electric cooperatives also will be able to provide internet connections.

The Community Broadband Networks Initiative says AT&T is a taxpayer-subsidized monopoly in rural Tennessee that only has to provide a service far slower than the definition of broadband.

Tennessee is 29th in broadband connectivity.