Mar 15 2016
05:32 pm

Update: This vote was a close 5-4 decision. Roane County Representative Kent Calfee effectively was the deciding vote against rural broadband. You can check his top money contributors HERE.

NASHVILLE — Lawmakers dealt a near-fatal blow Tuesday to efforts to expand high-speed internet service to rural and suburban residents by allowing public electric utilities to expand their broadband services outside their electric service areas.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, blamed a phalanx of lobbying by for-profit broadband companies like AT&T and Comcast.

"It's a testament to the power of lobbying against this bill and not listening to our electorate. We have thousands of petitions signed (in support of the bill) and the voice of the people was not heard today," Brooks said.


Calfee Voted Against us!

Members of the subcommittee who voted against the bill were Reps. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston; Martin Daniel, R-Knoxville; Patsy Hazelwood, R-Chattanooga; Brenda Gilmore and Jason Powell, both D-Nashville. Voting in favor of the bill were Reps. Marc Gravitt, R-Chattanooga; John Holsclaw, R-Johnson City; and Art Swann, R-Maryville.


So disgusted with him. He has just kept a seat warm. Hope he is a one term wonder(less).

Actually we could end up with much worse

We have Commissioners needing pay checks.


That it probably true and very worrisome.

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