TVEC members to vote Saturday on internet proposal

 SEPT. 14-- Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative members get to decide Saturday if they want the not-for-profit company to take a step toward getting  into the internet business.

A vote on a proposed change to bylaws is scheduled, although even if it passes, that does not automatically mean internet for all TVEC members – this is but the first move in what could be a long process.

Letters inviting members to the annual TVEC membership meeting this Saturday, Sept. 16 went out weeks ago in members’ monthly bills, urging members to come vote on the proposal. Registration for the meeting  to be held at the Hardin County High School auditorium is from 1- 3 p.m., with the business meeting to follow.

Prohibited by law prior to Gov. Bill Haslam’s signing of the Broadband Accessibility Act in mid-May, electric cooperatives can now provide the infrastructure if their respective members approve. 

Although some have found the language regarding the proposed change to TVEC bylaws cryptic, TVEC General Manager Gerald Taylor said it’s standard proposed language from the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

“TVEC is owned by the members, and we’re not going to do anything to upset our members,” Taylor said, when asked about the new language and right-of-ways.

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