A state emergency fund provided United Communications this week with $5.2 million in grants to enhance broadband infrastructure in underserved areas in four counties.
The Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund money will help with rural portions of Bedford, Marshall, Rutherford and Williamson counties.
The money comes through Tennessee’s allocation of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and will accelerate United Communication’s Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative, which is a long-term effort to connect rural, historically underserved areas with high-speed internet.
“We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund,” United Communications CEO William Bradford said. “United has been expanding fiber-broadband throughout our communities in Middle Tennessee for over a decade – because we care deeply about the people of this area and believe that everyone, without exception, deserves a strong internet connection.”
The expansion will bring fiber internet access to 1,761 homes.
United will invest an additional $1.3 million for this fiber buildout. The internet service provider will begin connecting homes in the awarded grant zones in September and complete installations by Dec. 15.
Here’s where the broadband is going:
- 756 homes in Bedford and Rutherford counties;
- 710 homes in Marshall County;
- 295 homes in Williamson County.
Emily West is a reporter for The Tennessean, covering Brentwood, Franklin and Williamson County. Follow her on Twitter at @emwest22.
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