Governor Bill Lee to Speak at TNBA Annual Convention & Showcase

Posted: May 4, 2021

Meeting highlights importance of broadband over three-day event

The Tennessee Broadband Association (TNBA) has announced that Governor Bill Lee will headline its Annual Convention and Showcase in Franklin. The event will take place at the Marriott Cool Springs from June 1 to 3, with Governor Lee speaking on June 2.

The TNBA is excited to welcome Governor Lee and appreciates his continued support of rural broadband providers throughout the state.

“On behalf of the Tennessee Broadband Association and our members, we are honored to have Governor Bill Lee join us at our annual convention and showcase,” Levoy Knowles, TNBA executive director, said. “Governor Lee understands the importance of our mission and our members’ mission, and he supports our efforts to make sure every Tennesseean has access to fast, reliable broadband.”

During his State of the State address in February, Governor Lee proposed a one-time $200 million investment in broadband. This proposal, combined with significant private-sector investment, will help improve educational outcomes, expand access to health care, support work-from-home opportunities, increase e-commerce and bolster small business activity in rural communities across the state.

Since taking office in 2019, Governor Lee has proposed record investment in broadband initiatives. In 2020, the legislature approved a $15 million broadband investment. In addition, Governor Lee was instrumental in increasing the state’s Rural Broadband Accessibility Grant funding that has benefited residents in many TNBA member service areas.

Registration and additional details, including the three-day agenda, are available on our website. The deadline to register is May 10.