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Lifting Co-Op Broadband Restrictions in Tennessee Triggers Major Fiber Expansion ·
While parts of rural Tennessee languish with little or no broadband service, the state’s electric cooperatives are jumping to deliver internet access over fiber optic cables after the governor eased restrictions written into state law on rural co-ops offering public broadband service. After Gov. Bill Haslam (R) signed a bill in 2017 permitting not-for-profit electric …