Tennessee is setting out to connect every corner of the state. The State Broadband Director, Taylre Beaty, is working to administer over $400 million of federal funding through the Tennessee Emergency Broadband – American Rescue Plan (TEBF-ARP), and is planning for what will come down the pike with additional federal funding from IIJA. Since the launch in 2018, Tennessee’s broadband program has administered over $120 Million in funding to serve over 140,000 Tennesseans.
A close look at precisely what effect the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) may have on the digital economy, on U.S. innovation in the broadband and tech sectors, and on eradicating the digital divide.
The Fiber Broadband Association announced that in partnership with NTCA –The Rural Broadband Association, the two groups have released the Broadband Infrastructure Playbook, a comprehensive guide designed to assist state broadband offices to best leverage federal funds available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
At this meeting, the Task Force will provide updates on Task Force administration; review and discuss programs and policies relevant to the Task Force’s duties; and continue to discuss strategies to advance broadband deployment on agricultural land and promote precision agriculture.
This agenda may be modified at the discretion of the Task Force Chair and the Designated Federal Officer.
The meeting will be held via conference call and be available to the public via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live
The Telecommunications Workforce Interagency Group (TWIG) will hold a kickoff webcast on March 8, 2022 at 11am (eastern). The webcast will feature remarks of leaders from the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Labor, the Department of Education, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The distinguished speakers will provide remarks regarding the importance of the TWIG’s mission and formally initiate the work of the group.
The webcast will feature remarks of leaders from the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Labor, the Department of Education, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The distinguished speakers will provide remarks regarding the importance of the Telecommunications Workforce Interagency Group’s mission and formally initiate the work of the group.
The meeting will be webcast with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/live
The demand for reliable access to digital tools has grown rapidly. Thankfully, agencies across the country have at their disposal new resources, funding and advancements to help their communities combat disparities in access to the internet and the technologies it enables.
Fully overcoming this digital divide requires efficiently matching needs with available (but limited) resources. However, agencies must first determine where demand for digital access exists, and compiling that information can be a time-consuming and complex task.
The committee will consider several presidential nominations including: