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Blog // Connected Tennessee

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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One Project in Tennessee Awarded in Rural Broadband Experiment Auction

By CTN Staff

Last Friday, the FCC released the list of the “provisional” winners of the Rural Broadband Experiment auction. The good news? One project in Tennessee have been given funding.  This was the first time the FCC had awarded Connect America Fund subsidies for fixed broadband through competitive bids. Bids were due November 7 and were awarded based on cost-effectiveness comparison to the FCC Connect America Fund Cost model. Forty projects were awarded in the $100 million budgeted for the experiments. Of these, 15 projects accounting for $41.7 million are in our Connected Nation footprint (42% of all awards). Awards were given in Iowa,...

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Make A Difference This #GivingTuesday!

By CTN Staff

Today, millions across the United States will join together to give back and help others through the “Giving Tuesday” initiative. The goal is simple, but profound: in this season of giving, we celebrate generosity and charity by working together to help others.That’s why today is such a perfect opportunity to take just five minutes and make an incredible impact on a child’s life.“Computers 4 Kids” provides broadband, computers, and training to over 60,000 disadvantaged youth.Will you please make a tax deductible contribution of $100, $50, $25 or any amount you can afford to our “Computers 4 Kids” program?Simply put, the program is providing...

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