Published on March 31, 2015
This is a letter I wrote to my Tennessee state Congressman and state Senator last week that I wanted to make open.
Representative Gravitt and Senator Gardenhire,
My name is David White, and I live in your district. I’m the Founder of Barred Owl Web , an IT consulting company that works with nonprofits and small businesses. We’re a member of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for your service in the State Legislature.
I’m asking for your support of TN HB1303 / SB1134: “AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 7, Chapter 52, relative to additional authorization to provide broadband and Internet services.”
As you know, Chattanooga is becoming a world leader in technology services and technology infrastructure. The job growth and economic success our city sees is a direct result of EPB’s investment in high-speed internet.
Huge internet service providers like Comcast provide low-quality services, and their customer support isn’t any better. Without competition coming from organizations such as EPB, these services won’t improve for everyone.
This improvement is hindered as a direct result of Tennessee law that currently blocks EPB’s broadband expansion.
As an IT consultant, I work with several nonprofit organizations, and I see first hand how beneficial a reliable broadband connection can be. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals deserve a choice, and often times there are only subpar choices available.
EPB’s expansion would improve these choices, increase market competition, and increase the overall quality of internet for thousands of Tennesseans.
I urge you to support the bill in your respective Chamber.