South of Broadband (High Speed Internet speeds up)

Being involved in advocating more broadband availability and technology adoption in Hickman County for the past two and a half years, it all seems slow and at times a little lonely. At the impending change in season , it is hard for me not to look back at what we have accomplished. During our last statewide broadband steering committee meeting, the new broadband availability maps created by Connected Tennessee with input from providers and residents were discussed. Given Hickman County’s lower than average broadband adoption rate (if broadband is available, the percentage of households that will adopt broadband service), availability has increased tremendously. In addition, Comcast has recently improved service in Hickman County. Though in the development stages, a 4G WiMAX system is a possibility in the near future also. Hmm, maybe all those old surveys the community did on broadband demand and those committee meetings are paying off.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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