NCTC received $850,000 grant to bring broadband to parts of Trousdale County.
Funding brings state-of-the-art network to ‘broadband desert’.
NCTC has been awarded an $850,00 grant to build fiber-to-the-premise to a portion of Trousdale county that cannot currently get any internet services. when the matching funds are applied, the total investment will const of more than $1 million.
“It’s hard to believe that in 2016 there are parts of Tennessee that remain essentially a broadband desert were residents cannot get any king of internet connection,” said NCTC CEO Nancy White. ” As a community -based broadband provider we are happy this grant will allow us to eliminate one such area and bring all of the benefits of connectivity to those residents.”
As a recent WhiteHouse Rural Forum convened in Pennsylvania State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom vilsack announced NCTC’s Connected community grant as part of $32 million in loans and grants intended to promote economic development and provide access to broadband in more than 80 rural American communities.
“This funding will provide much-needed capital and bring cutting-edge technology to rural communities across the country,” Vilsack said. “Investments in our rural businesses and communities, coupled with extending high-speed broadband, have let to a resurgence of economic development, created jobs and improved the quality of life in rural America. While we have made great progress, our work to extend capital and technology to rural America is not done.
NCTC will begin work on the project as soon as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service funding becoumes available. When the project is finished, all those living in the buildout area will have access to internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second – faster speeds than are available in many metropolitan areas.