MTEMC 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 earlier today, and Middle Tennessee Electric is encouraged by the report's findings and recommendations.
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.
"The study identifies regions of the state with significant broadband needs. These are the same communities served by co-ops like Middle Tennessee Electric," said MTEMC President and CEO Chris Jones. "Despite our unique position, Tennessee state law prevents co-ops from providing broadband access to our members. We are confident that the legislature will act on the recommendations of this study, creating an environment that encourages investment, competition and, ultimately, greater access to broadband."
"MTEMC is committed to improving lives in the communities we serve," Jones. "We are excited to work with the state 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.
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative providing electricity to more than 211,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford and Cannon counties.
For more information, please contact Middle Tennessee Electric's Vice President of Communications & Member Service Robert White at 615-494-1058.