HUNTINGDON, Tenn. — Soon, several counties in Tennessee will have internet access thanks to a multi-million dollar grant through the State of Tennessee.
“The Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund US bailout and this was a fantastic grant opportunity for the State of Tennessee, where I believe a total of $447 million was distributed in grants for broadband projects,” says Myles Kamisher Kosh.
13 rural counties across the state will earn more than $80.4 million in broadband expansion grants, all to bring broadband internet to as many people as possible.
“This one is especially exciting because there’s a three-year performance period, so it’s the money that’s being distributed that’s actually going to translate into real building projects starting now and serving people in a near future,” says Kamisher Kosh.
Counties like Benton, Hardin, Henderson, Carroll and more are among the 13.
A woman says her internet works well at home, but when she travels, it’s difficult.
“Once I leave Carroll County, I cross Parkers Crossroads. It’s like on my cell phone, I lose connection and it’s hard to communicate with loved ones who are home or something during that time,” says Carroll County resident Angie Sullivan.
The broadband grants will provide broadband access to more than 150,000 underserved homes and businesses in 58 counties, giving access to those who have never had the internet as a resource.
“For a lot of people, it’s going from nothing to the gold standard, which is if you couldn’t do that zoom job interview before, now you can. If you’re a homeschooler, you can’t do this homework, now you can,” says Kamisher Kosh.