United Communications and Middle Tennessee Electric announced they have been awarded $1.3 million through the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Grant to provide service to the Eagleville community in Rutherford County.
The announcement was made by Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development.
"This grant will allow high speed broadband to the Eagleville area and allow it to be offered at an affordable rate," said Chad Leeman, Mayor of Eagleville. "This is a win for both our residents and businesses, not to mention the ability to attract new businesses to our city. This will also assist in allowing people to work from home. This has certainly been a concern during these trying times."
William Bradford, President and CEO of United Communications, Chris Jones, President and CEO of Middle Tennessee Electric, in conjunction with Chad Leeman, Mayor of Eagleville, offered their appreciation to the state and their commitment to bringing fiber-based internet to this community. United, in partnership with Middle Tennessee Electric, will contribute an additional $1.7 million in funds to complete the broadband project, bringing the total project cost to just more than $3 million.
"United already operates broadband networks to the west and south of Eagleville. This project allows us to extend critical broadband services to this underserved area," said William Bradford, President and CEO of United Communications. "Ultimately, this grant will allow us to build approximately 91 miles of fiber to provide high-speed internet to 658 unserved business and residential customers of the broader Eagleville community, which include portions of the City of Eagleville and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Rutherford County."
About United Communications
United Communications is a leading provider of Internet, digital TV, and phone services to enterprise-class businesses and residential customers in Middle Tennessee. United Communications network includes close to 1,000 route miles of fiber connecting in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Smyrna and covering portions of Williamson, Davidson, Marshall, Bedford, Franklin and Rutherford counties. United Communications is a subsidiary of Middle Tennessee Electric Corporation. To learn more, please visit united.net.
About Middle Tennessee Electric
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 235,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford and Cannon counties. For more information, please visit mtemc.com.