VEC applauds broadband study in Tennessee

(WDEF) The Volunteer Energy Collective applauds the findings in a study on broadband access in Tennessee.

The East Tennessee utility points out that the study found regulatory barriers restrict investment and reduce competition in the broadband business.

VEC particularly notes a reference to the Tennessee 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 VEC,” says David Murphy, Vice President of Marketing and Economic Development with VEC.

“Despite our unique position, Tennessee state law prevents co-ops from providing broadband access to our members. We are optimistic that the legislature will act on the recommendations of this study, creating an environment that encourages investment, competition and, ultimately, greater access to broadband.”

In our area, VEC serves customers in parts of Rhea, Meigs, Polk, Bradley and Hamilton Counties.

As we reported on Wednesday, Governor Haslam plans to use the report as a starting point for improving broadband connections in Tennessee.

You can read the full report here.

“VEC is committed to improving lives in the communities we serve,” says Murphy. “We are excited to work with the state to identify real solutions that will benefit our members.”

Categories: Bradley County, Government & Politics, Hamilton County, Local News, Meigs County, Polk County, Rhea County, Technology

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