Broadband expands in county

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
The areas in Bedford County where broadband internet is being expanded.
United Communications

A state grant will bring broadband internet service to 756 Bedford and Rutherford County homes, state, local and United Communications officials announced.

Most of the Bedford County homes are in northern areas, with some in southern areas. Connections began last week in the Russell Ridge area and is expected to conclude by December 15, United CEO William Bradford said.

United has designated $2.1 million of a total $5.2 million in grant funds to Bedford and Rutherford counties as part of its Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative. The firm says it will invest more than $535,000 of its own money.

ďThatís not a lot of money but if it affects you itís a massive deal,Ē State Rep. Pat Marsh said.

The first step is to connect all Bedford County schools, Bradford said.

The utility hopes to receive federal funds for further fiberoptic expansion, according to Bradford.