Grant Awards Highlight Need for TNBA Members to Share Our Story

Posted: September 29, 2022

Carrie Huckeby headshotTennessee Broadband Association members were recently awarded more than $212 million in grant funds to expand broadband access across Tennessee.

I’m proud to support our members, and when announcements like this arrive, it draws attention to how important our work is to ensure Tennesseans have the best possible quality of life.

For many TNBA members, the work to build, expand and maintain fiber networks impacts everything you do. Not only do we need to build in new areas, we can’t forget customers who are already connected and using services for remote work, learning, teleheath, entertainment and much more.

An integral part of doing this successfully is telling our story as broadband providers, especially to younger generations. Many young folks may only think about whether or not they can connect to Wi-Fi. It’s easy to forget the time, energy and investment that’s needed for a state-of-the-art broadband network.

On a recent Lead Tennessee Radio podcast with Shirley Brown-Harrison we discussed important issues like workforce development, youth education, as well as digital literacy and adoption.

These topics, along with Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment funding, multigig speeds and supply chain issues are also part of our focus for the upcoming KTA/TNBA Fall Conference and Supplier Showcase. I encourage you to check out the agenda and register today.

Our challenges are definitely an uphill climb, but the need for affordable and reliable broadband will only increase. I know it’s a challenge you’ll gladly accept and we’re here to support you.

Thank you for #ConnectingTN!