Attendance soars at first in-person event in over a year
To say the 2021 Tennessee Broadband Association (TNBA) Annual Convention and Showcase was a home run might be an understatement … maybe grand slam is more appropriate.
During my eight years leading the TNBA, our 2021 event was the largest we’ve ever held. With more than 300 people attending, 110 golfers, and 55 vendors, our members show time and time again how they’re proudly working to provide fast, affordable fiber broadband across Tennessee.
From the record-breaking attendance to the speeches from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield — and finally seeing each other in person again as restrictions for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ease — it was a fun, educational, and informative conference.
With more than $100 million committed to provide high-speed internet access across Tennessee over the next year, interest in broadband throughout the Volunteer State is growing daily.
Governor Lee — who has long been an advocate for our industry — spoke about the impact the huge infusion of capital will have across our state, not only from the perspective of his current role as governor but also as a small-business owner and rural Tennessee resident.
Following Governor Lee’s speech, Bloomfield addressed current issues she’s facing as she works to express our views on Capitol Hill and to the Federal Communications Commission.
Additional speeches on crisis management, digital marketing, workforce changes for COVID-19, insightful panel discussions, top-shelf entertainment from Jake Hoot, breakout sessions, and the vendor showcase wrapped up an incredible convention.
We would like to take this opportunity to, once again, thank our sponsors. Without your support, we could not have pulled off such a wonderful convention. We appreciate you and thank you!