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Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday, May 16, participated in a ceremonial signing of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, legislation that will expand broadband access in rural Tennessee by allowing electric cooperatives to provide retail service to co-op members.

STEMC commissioned a study by a consulting firm with expertise in broadband.

As a result of the study, we recently learned that the total cost to provide broadband to our service area would be approximately $110 million.

That would be $27.5 million per year for four years and would be equal to 90% of the total depreciated value of our electric system.

STEMC is taking a cautious approach. By watching to see what technologies and solutions are the most cost efficient and will provide the best service to our members, we hope to make a wise decision in this area.

We will provide updates on the progress as they become available.


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