SUPPORT NEEDED FOR BROADBAND GRANTS

PES NEEDS YOUR HELP TO GET THE WORD OUT TO SHOW PUBLIC SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING GRANT APPLICATIONS!

http://tn.gov/ecd/article/tnecd-broadband-accessibility-grant

PES has applied for 5 separate grants to help bring high-speed internet to rural communities in Giles County. There was a total of $10 million available and PES could apply for up to $2 million. A total of 71 grants were submitted within Tennessee for a request $66 million. WE NEED A MASSIVE SHOW OF SUPPORT!

Giles County, which is 52.78% broadband unserved, qualified for a 70% grant match. If PES is awarded all five applications, these projects will total over $2.8 million dollars. Providing high-speed internet to portions of the Anthony Hill, Minor Hill, Prospect, Elkton and Pulaski communities will be an incredible benefit for the students in those communities who do not have access to internet. Giles County students in grades 4-12 have been issued Chromebooks which require internet access. This expansion will allow PES to provide service to an additional 1505 unserved homes, 47.8% of which have school age children.

Segments selected were based on several factors. Greatest customer reach and students impacted for the maximum grant dollars PES could apply for among them.

HOW TO COMMENT:
If you, or anyone you know, lives in one of the designated areas, we need you to go to this link, http://tn.gov/ecd/article/tnecd-broadband-accessibility-grant select the PUBLIC COMMENTS TAB, scroll down to COMMENT ON APPLICATION, fill in your information and select from the pull-down menu which application you support.
DESIGNATED AREAS:
ENERGIZE-ML234 (#41)
ENERGIZE-AH224 (#54)
ENERGIZE-AH214 (#57)
ENERGIZE-ES324 (#70)
ENERGIZE-AH264 (#71)

CHECK THE FOLLOWING BOX:
I'm expressing support for this grant application

Show your public support and tell them why your community should be awarded this grant.
Public comment period will close December 15. The grants will be awarded January 2018. This is the first of three years these grants will be offered
PES asks you to please share this so we can reach everyone who may possibility be affected.