broadband internet

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

With many East Tennessee students resuming classes online and some residents still working from home, reliable internet access is more vital than ever. Yet for some, it’s either poor or non-existent, despite state efforts to boost broadband infrastructure.


In some rural East Tennessee counties, students are downloading their textbooks and assignments from a car in the school parking lot each morning. The uptick in residential demand has revealed weaknesses in the fiber optic network -- and not just in rural, low-income communities.