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FLEC Issues Statement on Broadband Study

7/21/2016




Public Service Announcement


 
July 21, 2016


        FORT LOUDOUN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE 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 on Tuesday.  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.

“This study identifies rural and economically distressed regions of the state as areas of greatest need. This includes some of the communities served by Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative,” says Jarrod Brackett with Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative.  “Despite our unique position, I am hopeful that the State will act on the recommendations of this study, creating an environment that encourages investment, competition and, ultimately, greater access to broadband for our membership.”

Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative is committed to assisting in improving lives in the communities we serve,” says Jarrod Brackett.  “We are excited to work with the State of Tennessee and other entities 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

Jarrod M. Brackett

General Manager/CEO

Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative

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