(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) today announced he has helped secure a $304,763 Broadband Accessibility Grant for North Central Communications to expand broadband access in Sumner County.
The grant will support broadband deployment to 173 homes in the north portion of the county and will cover a portion of the $609,526 project cost. The overall goal of this grant funding is to facilitate broadband access to all Tennesseans, while promoting practices that increase deployment and promote broadband adoption. Funding targets underserved or unserved areas that are unlikely to receive reliable broadband services without these grant dollars.
“I appreciate Governor Lee and our Department of Economic & Community Development’s investment in support of North Central Communications and the citizens of Sumner County,” said Leader Lamberth. “This funding is critical to our future economic growth, and it will also solidify the academic foundations of our future leaders. Congratulations to our local officials for their efforts in securing this important funding through an extremely competitive process; I was honored to help support their work.”
Grantees will provide $20 million in matching funds for a combined investment of nearly $35 million across the state for the second year of funding. Infrastructure should be built out within two years of receiving the grant funds.
For more information about the Broadband Accessibility Grant Program, please click here.
William Lamberth is the House Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. He is also a member of the House Finance, House Government Operations, and House Calendar & Rules Committees, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Lamberth lives in Portland and represents Tennessee House District 44, which includes part of Sumner County. He can be reached by email at: [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-1980.