Broadband Maps Update
Provide input on state broadband map by June 13
After months of development, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, in cooperation with Connected Nation, made the state’s broadband map available for public comment.
TNBA members are encouraged to visit the map, verify the information is correct, and provide input on what needs to be updated by June 13.
“We want input from the community,” says Taylre Beaty, TNECD Broadband Director. “We won’t know if something is missing unless you tell us. The map will play an important role in helping our team make informed decisions about where to invest broadband funding, both for infrastructure and adoption programs.”
The map includes information, searchable by address, for all 95 counties by covering broadband availability, speeds and technology types. Once complete, the map will have several uses for Tennesseans to better understand the digital divide across the Volunteer State and how businesses and residents are impacted.
“We’re fortunate to have a governor that believes all of Tennessee succeeds when rural Tennessee succeeds, so launching our state’s broadband map is a step forward in bringing faster technology to every corner of the state,” says TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe.
While the current map will not be ready in time for broadband grant decisions, it will be used for grant decisions in the future. For now, the current process using maps from the Federal Communications Commission continues unchanged.
A new version of the map, with changes from this round of public comments, will be available in late summer or early fall.