Broadband in Tennessee

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Lot of cooperatives in this list. Not sure if they sold Viasat through the NRTC or not, but looks like fiber expansion is on there.

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Some states and municipalities are great with giving grants to expand utilities into rural areas. Not so much in my neck of the woods. I have a customer in Montana who is way more isolated than me. He lives in a town of less than 1,000 well scattered residents 75 miles from the nearest town that has a Home Depot and a Walmart. With that he still has cable internet & TV, city water and gas. I have none of those and I am 8 miles from a major interstate (I-95) and 25 miles from a city big enough to have a Home Depot and a Walmart.

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All around me is forest service land or SPI the lumber company who's buys up anything for sale. It would take me years and millions to deal with SPI and the forest service to get power or any phone service for me. My county even has its own power co-op but dealing with rights of way is a a show stopper. No power for miles but I got ATT fiber that runs all though the forest... government only...ours taxes at work.
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I know there was a debate awhile back about providing cell service in high density areas of national parks. I never heard how that turned out. I know tourist almost expect it though. Bern awhile since I have hit Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, so I couldn't say.
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SEDONA, Ariz., September 4, 2018 – Viasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced the Nevada State Parks Department will tap into Viasat’s satellite-enabled Wi-Fi hotspot platform, to provide a rich connectivity experience at its parks statewide.

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You win Oliver, I won't trade the electricity for ATT fiber, even though the power here is terrible. Lots of voltage drops and spikes. I probably use 10x the light bulbs even buying expensive ones than most people. I go though PCs, Monitors and microwave ovens about 3x faster than most.
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Tennessee passed a law a few years back allowing electric co-op's to sale the internet. There's a number of stipulations, such as covering their entire territory. Most of the list is likely fiber.
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My co-op in central Virginia just confirmed to me that I will have Gigabit fiber installed in my home by summer 2020 or earlier. Synchronous 1000 up and down. $80 a month unlimited. Unthrottled. My contract runs out May 2020 so this should work out perfectly.
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Where are you at in Central Virginia?
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The Rural Electric co-op that serves my area did look into providing high speed internet about 6 years ago, but had a poor response to the survey trying to see if there was much interest in the members signing up for the internet if they did go through the expense of installing the infrastructure, so they chose not to get involved.
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I bet that will change. HUGE push now for the co-ops to deliver broadband. Some six year old survey is a little outdated.
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@Al Nelson County. But the co-op serves many many counties.
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@Steve The co-op is upgrading to a smart grid so the broadband installation was required for that. Offering it to the members was just an obvious solution to get us to pay for it!