Attendees Get Glimpse of Broadband Industry Over the Next Four Years
In late April, the Tennessee Broadband Association (TNBA) hosted its first webinar, Broadband: The Next Four Years, with nearly 50 attendees.
We were honored to have Leif Oveson, NTCA vice president of legislative affairs, join us to discuss proposed legislation and the priorities of the Biden administration and its impacts on rural broadband.
Oveson briefed attendees on state and local broadband funding, such as the CARES Act, American Rescue Plan Act, and the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to name a few. He also discussed the next four years, highlighting the importance of future-proof networks, implementing new programs, and making sure the unserved and underserved have access to affordable, fast, and reliable internet.
Despite the troubles caused by the ongoing pandemic, COVID-19 has proved the benefits of broadband access. Whether Tennesseans used the extra bandwidth for video calls with family or to connect virtually to work or school, broadband is the great equalizer to level the playing field between rural and urban residents.
We’re thankful for the support of the NTCA and its guidance on national affairs. And no matter the initiative or administration, our work to provide fast, affordable broadband is unwavering.
If you missed the webinar, you can listen to the recording on YouTube!