Digital divide is defined as the gap between underserved communities that have poor or limited internet access and the communities that have relatively better access to broadband internet (25 megabits per second download/3 megabits per second upload speeds).
Impacts of the digital divide have been broadly highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Infrastructure upgrades mandated by federal and state water regulations protect the environment and public health. They also may pose an economic burden for local governments and communities. Our team is developing a framework to determine the ability of communities to pay for these improvements.
Navigating the new challenges of COVID-19 is a daunting task for businesses, families, and Tennessee’s direct farm marketers, and value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and agritourism operators are no exception. We have developed a listing of resources to support farmers who are making critical decisions and business adjustments during this time.