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Blog // Connected Tennessee

FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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Community Festival Highlights Broadband Through Gigabit Gaming

By CTN Staff

Filled with music, live entertainment, games, arts and crafts, and other fun activities, the Rivers and Spires Festival in Clarksville, TN is famous, drawing between 35,000 and 40,000 visitors to Clarksville each April.  This year, the festival will showcase a new feature: gaming stations and wifi kiosks that allow visitors to tap directly into their gigabit network.  Clarksville, TN provides gigabit Internet, the fastest Internet to date, which allows for movie downloads in seconds, instantaneous page loads, and other features.  Officials representing the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council, electricity...

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Governor Haslam Announces Workforce Development Grant Recipients

By Jennifer Cobb

Governor Haslam's office awarded the Nashville Technology Council an $850,000 state grant to team up with Nashville State Community College, Columbia State Community College, and Vol State Community College to increase enrollment and graduation rates in their technology programs. The Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) money will help the Tech Council team deliver more skilled IT professionals to the market. The Nashville Technology Council was one of twelve grant recipients chosen by the Governor’s Workforce Subcabinet, consisting of Commissioners and staff from the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Tennessee Department of Economic...

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FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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