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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.  
 

 

The application launch has been delayed pending the Form477 data release from the FCC.

 

Questions?

Any questions regarding this application must be submitted in writing via email to:
Recipient: Crystal Ivey, Broadband Grant and Program Manager, at crystal.ivey@tn.gov
Subject Line: TNECD Broadband Accessibility Grant Application Question

Scoring

Category

Description

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    

10

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

30

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

15

 

Leveraged and Match Funds

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

15

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    

25

Sustainability and Implementation Readiness

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

30

Economic and Community Impact

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

25

Service to a previously unserved or underserved community anchor institution    

5

Adoption Strategy

Plan to encourage adoption of broadband services

15

Community Support

Partnerships and support from local community    

20

Broadband Ready

Serves a political subdivision designated as a Broadband Ready Community

10

 

200

 

The application launch has been delayed pending the Form477 data release from the FCC.

 

Questions?

Any questions regarding this application must be submitted in writing via email to:
Recipient: Crystal Ivey, Broadband Grant and Program Manager, at crystal.ivey@tn.gov
Subject Line: TNECD Broadband Accessibility Grant Application Question