Tennessee Releases SNG Report on Broadband Availability and Utilization
Yesterday the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) released a comprehensive report examining broadband supply and demand statewide.
When Tennessee first approached SNG late in 2015, the state was clear that there indeed were issues with sufficient broadband, especially in rural areas and that broadband was a “crucial factor in the economic success of their communities.” Tennessee was looking at answering several questions including:
- What should the state’s definition of broadband be?
- How many Tennesseans do not have access to broadband?
- What is the cost of bringing broadband to Tennesseans that do not have it?
- What are best practices and lessons learned for promulgating broadband from around the country?
This report is significantly different than the “standard” as it examines broadband using a holistic approach to assessing availability and need. It is the first time that both broadband supply and demand have been assessed at a state level.