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Tennessee's Digital Divide and Broadband Development

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The endeavor to connect Tennessee residents with internet access has been quietly taking shape for years. As the state fills its coffers with federal funds from COVID relief and a recently passed infrastructure package, WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper reports that the effort appears to be picking up speed.

Tennessee Digital Divide Index
Digital Divide: County Broadband Access in Tennessee

Sreedhar Upendram, UTIA Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Jacob Boone, UTIA Extension Agent & County Director, Hancock County
Crystal Ivey, Broadband Director, TN Dept of Economic and Community Development

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.