Reflecting the company’s long-standing commitment to deploying high-speed Internet access in urban and rural areas across the state, AT&T has committed to extend broadband to more than 81,000 rural homes and businesses in Tennessee over the next six years.
"I am pleased that AT&T Tennessee will use $26 million annually, for the coming six years, to provide new high speed Internet at 81,000 rural homes and businesses in Tennessee," said Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T in Tennessee. "AT&T Tennessee has been investing in our state for more than 135 years. We are pleased to add these Connect America Fund resources to continue bringing high-speed Internet services to more Tennesseans."
Understanding that broadband deployment in some remote areas is not economically viable, in late 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) modernized its Universal Service program, which accrues through charges on telephone customer bills, to support networks capable of providing broadband and voice services.