Cleveland lawmakers to push law to extend EPB boundaries

photo Tennessee State Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) participates in a Chattanooga Times Free Press legislative roundtable on Monday. Photo taken January 26, 2009.

photo State Representative Dan Howell

At first they didn't succeed, but two Cleveland, Tenn.-area lawmakers will try, try again to change state law so EPB and other municipal utilities can expand the boundaries of their high-speed Internet service to reach rural areas that don't have broadband.

Tennessee state Reps. Dan Howell and Kevin Brooks, both Cleveland Republicans, reiterated their support Tuesday night to tweak state law to expand the reach of public utilities' broadband to reach unincorporated community of McDonald near Bendabout Farm.