Warren County is hoping to pass a resolution allowing it to be established as a broadband-ready community.
At the county Economic and Agricultural Development committee meeting this month, County Executive Jimmy Haley briefly discussed a new resolution he learned about at a recent conference for mayors, commissioners, and road superintendents in Nashville.
“We had a presentation about broadband and they requested that every county and most municipalities pass a resolution basically establishing us as a broadband community,” said Haley. “It is just a broadband-ready community resolution and there is no financial obligation on our part, but part of that we have to have a committee in place to review it in case there was a grant for broadband expansion that those applications are reviewed by a committee and I thought it would be best for Economic and Ag since it is economic development that has to take place.”
The deadline to adopt the resolution is this month. The committee voted in favor of sending the resolution to the full Warren County Commission. The resolution is on the March agenda and states that Warren County finds that broadband internet availably in the county is of critical importance to all people living, visiting, and doing business here.
The resolution reads in part, “The Tennessee State Legislature recently created the ability for Tennessee communities to be designated as Broadband Ready Communities through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; and WHEREAS, Warren County, Tennessee seeks to promote private investment in broadband infrastructure.”
The County Commission will vote on this resolution at its meeting March 21.