Government Affairs Spotlight

Posted: March 21, 2022
Levoy Knowles
Levoy Knowles
Government Affairs Director

Events like the Tennessee Broadband Association Day on the Hill are a testament to our shared objective to equip every Tennesseean with access to fast, reliable broadband, and there’s little that’s more important than sharing our objective and educating state lawmakers.

Several member telcos from the TNBA met with leaders at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on Feb. 23 to discuss upcoming bills and share the need for fiber broadband in underserved and unserved portions of the state.

“Day on the Hill represents the partnerships it takes to get a bill passed,” says TNBA Government Affairs Director Levoy Knowles. “We have to stay in constant contact with legislators to keep them aware of bills impacting broadband and share our feedback. I can’t stress how important days on the hill are for TNBA members.”

Meeting with dozens of representatives, TNBA members discussed the allocation of federal and state money for broadband, as well as the mapping process from the Federal Communications Commission and how broadband can positively impact the underserved and unserved areas of Tennessee.

“This is also an opportunity to educate legislators on what we’re doing,” Knowles says. “Our members have put more than $400 million of their own money in local communities in the last three years. We have a good story to tell, and I can’t thank our members enough for the efforts they’ve put forth to provide broadband across our state.”

Read this news release for more information on the event, including who TNBA members visited with throughout the day.