Published: March 19, 2019


TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL LEE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY $14.8 MILLION DOLLARS IN BROADBAND ACCESSIBILITY GRANTS THAT WILL EXPAND BROADBAND SERVICE TO MORE THAN 8,300 HOUSEHOLDS AND BUSINESSES IN 17 COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IS WORKING WITH 13 GRANTEES WHO DEMONSTRATED A HIGH NEED FOR GRANT FUNDING AS WELL AS THE ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT AND SUSTAIN THE PROJECT LONG-TERM WITH STRONG COMMUNITY SUPPORT.  AMONG THOSE 13 TO RECEIVE FUNDS INCLUDES LORETTO TELECOM IN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN THE AMOUNT OF 1 MILLION FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.  GRANT RECIPIENTS WILL PROVIDE $20 MILLION IN MATCHING FUNDS FOR A COMBINED INVESTMENT OF NEARLY 35 MILLION ACROSS THE STATE FOR THE SECOND YEAR OF FUNDING.  GOV. LEE ADVISES HE IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING CONNECTIVITY IN EVERY CORNER OF THE STATE AS BROADBAND IMPACTS OUR GOALS FOR HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BEYOND.