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Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Grant


Broadband Accessibility Grants
The Broadband Accessibility Grant Program is designed to offset the capital expenses in the deployment of broadband in unserved areas.  The goal of this program is to facilitate broadband access to all Tennesseans while promoting practices that increase deployment and encourage adoption.  Funds will be targeted to areas that are unlikely to receive broadband service without grant funding.  

Eligible Areas - Broadband Grant: Round 2


Any questions regarding this application must be submitted in writing via email to:
Recipient: TNECD Broadband, at
Subject Line: TNECD Broadband Accessibility Grant Application Question


Grant application available

9/5/2018 – 10am CDT

Webinar 1 - Application Review – Watch

9/11/2018 – 11am CDT

West TN Regional Meeting – Jackson

9/13/2018 – 1:30 pm CDT 

Middle TN Regional Meeting – Nashville

9/17/2018 – 1pm EDT

East TN Regional Meeting – Knoxville

10/1/2018 – 11am CDT

Webinar 2 - Application Q&A – Watch


Questions Due by 2pm CST


Completeness Review Deadline


Grant Application Due by 2 PM CST


Broadband Ready Communities Application Due by 2 PM CST


Public Comment Period begins


Public Comment Period ends


Response Period for Finalists (to Public Comment and Data) begins


Response Period for Finalists Ends

March 2019

Grantees Announced




Points Possible

Need for Grant Funding

Lack of federal funding that will result in the provision of at least 10/1 service in the proposed area    


Description of need including  an evaluation of eligibility for the grant and  why the area is difficult to serve    


Likelihood that the area will not be served without grant funding (including consideration of public comments)    



Leveraged and Match Funds

Additional match (cannot be from another federal or state program) provided by grantee or other leveraged funds 


Speed, Scalability and Affordability

Scalability of technology will provide a long-term solution for the community.  Speed and affordability are competitive and will meet community needs    


Sustainability and Implementation Readiness

Technical, managerial, and financial capabilities of the applicant demonstrating the ability to complete the proposed project    


Economic and Community Impact

Economic development impact  and tailoring of project to meet community needs (relative to the overall cost of the project) 


Service to a previously unserved or underserved community anchor institution    


Adoption Strategy

Plan to encourage adoption of broadband services


Community Support

Partnerships and support from local community    


Broadband Ready

Serves a political subdivision designated as a Broadband Ready Community




Public Comment

To ensure transparency and best use of taxpayer funds, the application process includes an online public comment period from November 28 until December 20, 2018. 

Internet providers, elected officials and community members are encouraged to comment on any projects in which they either wish to show support for an application or have objections about an application’s proposed service area. Where evidence demonstrates that an area is currently served with a fixed, terrestrial speed of 10mb/1mb, grant applicants will be disqualified.

All public comments must be received through the online form below.

Mapping file upon request to

Comment on Application