Mobile Hotspot Lending Program and Rural Broadband

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Broadband internet is still out of reach for many rural communities in Tennessee. Recent statistics indicate that rural residents have limited access to broadband internet (25 download/3 upload megabits per second) in Tennessee. The State of Tennessee’s rural broadband initiative is a step in the right direction but it will likely take years before infrastructure will be in place to provide reliable and affordable internet to rural residents. UT Extension is addressing the digital divide through the library mobile hotspot lending program across 7 counties and Digital Literacy Skills Training program.