$200M broadband push ahead, Tennessee mulls new coverage map

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivers his State of the State Address in War Memorial Auditorium, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s economic development agency says it is exploring whether the state should draw its own map of broadband coverage.

The move comes as Gov. Bill Lee pushes for another $200 million to expand access. Several other states also want more precision, since Federal Communications Commission maps overstate high-speed internet access in some communities.

Those FCC maps are scheduled for an overhaul, with $98 million in federal spending set aside in December to improve the agency’s data.

The idea of drawing a better state map meanwhile surfaced in a report last month by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

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