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.