The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has award four Tennessee counties with grants to help "enhance educational opportunities and economic development” in rural areas by providing funds to help build high-speed internet infrastructure.

The grants were awarded to Grundy, Marion, Morgan and Trousdale counties. 

The USDA approved $850,700 in grant funding to Ben Lomand Rural Telephone Cooperative to build a broadband network to serve residents on Palmer Mountain in Grundy County and residents in Greentown in Marion County. It also approved a separate $850,032 grant for North Central Communications to construct a fiber optics facility in the northern part of Trousdale County. A third $723,593 grant will go to Highland Communications to help build a fiber optics facility to serve residents in southern Morgan County.