FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[CO-OP NAME] ISSUES STATEMENT
ON STATE BROADBAND STUDY

 

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released the results of a comprehensive study on broadband access in Tennessee earlier today, and [Co-op name] is encouraged by the report’s findings and recommendations.

The study, which examines broadband use and availability, finds that regulatory barriers in the state restrict investment and reduce competition. The report specifically mentions a state law that prevents electric cooperatives from providing retail broadband.

“The study identifies rural and economically distressed regions of the state as areas of greatest need. These are the same communities served by co-ops like [CO-OP NAME],” says [name, title] with [co-op]. “Despite our unique position, Tennessee state law prevents co-ops from providing broadband access to our members. We are confident that the legislature will act on the recommendations of this study, creating an environment that encourages investment, competition and, ultimately, greater access to broadband.”

“[CO-OP NAME] is committed to improving lives in the communities we serve,” says [MANAGER LAST NAME]. “We are excited to work with the state to identify real solutions that will benefit our members.”

You can view the full report here: http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/ecd/attachments/broadband-study.pdf

 

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Contact:

[CO-OP MEDIA CONTANT INFORMATION]
Trent Scott | Vice President of Corporate Strategy | tscott@tnelectric.org | 731.608.1519

 

 

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