The Rutherford County Commission is seeking approval for a broadband legislation which would provide internet access for students in rural areas. Governor Bill Haslam is calling for providing $45 million in grants to help fund broadband in rural areas. This includes children in Rutherford County to provide them with Internet access in pursuing school work.
County Commission met Thursday night to approve a proposed resolution to urge passage of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act. NewsRadioWGNS' Correspondent Jackson Jones was at the meeting..
We spoke with County Commissioner Trey Gooch about what the Accessibility Act means for rural areas..
The Commission's resolution will now go to Gov. Haslam and their delegation urging them to vote sometime this spring. Mayor Ernest Burgess told the steering committee that improved access to broadband is needed in the county's rural areas. Others in support of the legislation are Sen. Bill Ketron and more.
Commissioner Gooch also talked about Commissioner Shawn Kaplan, who recently sold his home and moved out of his district.