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Recent News // Former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate Receives International Award for Protecting Children Online

Monday, May 18, 2009

Recent News // Connected Tennessee Announces New Staff Member

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Susan Whitaker

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Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Connected Tennessee is working to continue to bridge the gap between those who have access to high-speed Internet and those who don’t to not only cultivate increased tourism, but also to provide access to better healthcare, improved education, more business options and better interaction with government.

Mark Bengel

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Chief Information Officer, State of Tennessee

With Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids program, we are able to give some deserving kids their own computer to help them build the skills that will be critical to their future success as they enter either college or the work place.

Iliff McMahan, Jr., Regional Director, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development


The digital divide is a concern in both the urban and rural areas of East Tennessee and the Computers 4 Kids program is designed to meet both of those challenges.

Tennessee Broadband Task Force (2005-2013)


Broadband expansion is to the 21st century what rural electrification was to the 20th century. High-speed Internet access is critically important to Tennessee’s future, especially in jobs, education and healthcare.

Dan Speer, Executive Director Pulaski-Giles County Economic Development Commission


The citizens of Pulaski and Giles County understand the importance of broadband technology and its potential positive impact on every aspect of our lives. Connected Tennessee's approach will educate and empower citizens and will help us discover new and exciting applications for broadband.

Deanna Ward

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Manager, Community Affairs
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Deanna Ward currently serves as Manager, Community Affairs for Connected Nation. Deanna works with the Connected Community Engagement Program to provide a nationally recognized platform for communities to survey their current status with regard to broadband adoption, access, and use.

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