(Top photo, left to right) Jim Tracy, USDA Rural Development Tennessee State Director; Bette Brand, USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary; Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston); Mark Patterson, Highland Communications, General Manager.
NASHVILLE, TN (SPECIAL WLAF) – Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said Thursday that Campbell County will benefit from a $6.4 million federal ReConnect grant.
Highland Communications, LLC will use the funds to connect 2,908 people, 73 farms, 25 businesses, eight educational facilities and a fire station in the county to high speed internet. The grant is through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Trump Administration. Yager attended the announcement in Crossville made by USDA Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand.
“This is a tremendous boost to our ongoing efforts to bring broadband to the citizens of Campbell County,” said Yager, who has sponsored numerous bills increasing broadband funding at the state level. “Fast, reliable broadband access has never been more important to our residents than today, yet too many of our citizens lack this service that has become standard in completing school assignment and the operations of businesses large and small. Not only is broadband an essential economic development tool, it is also necessary for such vital services as telemedicine. I am very pleased that these funds have been allocated and thank Congressman Fleischmann and our congressional delegation for their support for these funds. I look forward to seeing the progress that will be made as a result of this grant.”
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/09/2020-6AM)