Tennessee legislators unveil new strategy to sell public on taxpayer-backed Internet

Tennessee legislators unveil new strategy to sell public on taxpayer-backed Internet
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MCDONALD, Tenn. — Two Tennessee legislators say they’re out to dispel notions taxpayer money props up government-owned Internet that competes against private providers.

They say, too, that AT&T recently accepted millions in government subsidies.

Those are the selling points state Reps. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, and Dan Howell, R-Georgetown, are using to push for Tennessee to eliminate a law restricting government-owned networks from expanding beyond municipal lines. They spoke to an audience of 50 people at a public meeting at Heritage Fellowship Church in Bradley County, just outside Chattanooga, on Tuesday night.

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