VEC Wins Three Tennessee Emergency Broadband Grant Awards!
12:46PM September 11, 2020
In late August, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced a new broadband grant opportunity, the Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund (TEBF). The state of Tennessee received federal funding from the CARES Act passed by congress earlier this year. Governor Lee's office decided to make some of that money available to broadband providers across the state, in an effort to mitigate the impact COVID-19 is having on our students. One stipulation of the CARES Act requires any money given out to be spent during the 2020 calendar year, meaning any project applied for would have to be completed by mid-December. This requirement created a significant obstacle on which projects could qualify. Since VEC had three shovel-ready projects, we ultimately chose to apply on all three. And we are happy to announce that all three applications were approved!
Construction of the three new projects is already underway. Over the next weeks and months, you will see crews working in the Ten Mile and South Roane area, in the Ooltewah-Georgetown Road area East of Mayhan Gap, and in the Cumberland Cove subdivision in Cumberland and Putnam Counties. Please visit the Fiber Areas tab to see the footprint of each new proposed service zone. The zones under construction will be identified by the color yellow. These projects will be finished by December 15, 2020. As soon as service becomes available, we will update the site and let you know!