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Municipal broadband fills a great need

The early part of the 20th century saw many homes in the United States not wired for electricity. This was particularly true of rural areas. The Great Depression brought the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which extended electricity to poor and remote areas of Appalachia.

The early part of this century brings a disparity of another vital utility — broadband internet. Hundreds of thousands of households and businesses in this country lack access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. This once again threatens to put areas of this country at a distinct disadvantage.

Broadband connectivity is essential to lure both businesses and new residents to a community. Without it, many of the new tech generation will go elsewhere.

Courtesy of the Johnson City Press.