KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knoxville City Council has authorized the Knoxville Utilities Board proposal to provide high-speed broadband services to its electric service customers.

Many of those customers are in Knox County along with others in Union, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier Counties.

There was another item on the council’s agenda that was also passed allowing Mayor Indya Kincannon to execute an agreement with the utility to provide funding for the proposed low-income internet program.

KUB officials have acknowledged a possible 9% rate increase over a three-year stretch due to the broadband proposal. That could translate to an increase of more than $10 a month on your monthly utility bill. However, KUB has pledged to stabilize rates for the following seven years.

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