President Donald Trump traveled to Nashville and Atlanta Monday. (Photo: The White House, MGNOnline)

On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump spoke in Nashville, where he addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation and signed an executive order aimed at expanding high-speed internet service to rural areas.

The issue could affect the region because even though EPB is nearby, it’s not authorized to serve certain areas, including some in Hamilton and Bradley counties.

Tennessee Republicans, including Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, and U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Marsha Blackburn, joined Trump Monday, according to The Tennessean.


The executive order
The order said the executive branch should use “all viable tools” to accelerate the adoption of affordable, reliable broadband services to rural areas and “reduce barriers to capital investment, remove obstacles to broadband services and more efficiently employ government resources,” the Tennessean reported.

Trump didn’t announce funding or specifics about the issue.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a link with information about how the administration plans to help rural America. It noted that the Department of Agriculture will invest more than $200 million to help bring broadband to rural communities.

Click here, here and here for more background.

Click here and here to read more about the visit and Trump’s comments on recent tax changes.

After speaking in Nashville, Trump headed to Atlanta for the NCAA college football championship.

Lawmakers on social media

Was good to have President Trump in Nashville to talk with the Farm Bureau. I appreciate his support for Tennessee farmers. #AFBF18

Posted by Senator Lamar Alexander onMonday, January 8, 2018

DC → TN. Honored to join President Donald J. Trump as he addresses the issues facing farmers and rural America at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. #AFBF18

Posted by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann onMonday, January 8, 2018

Farmers are the backbone of America- their crops provide food on the dinner table, jobs in our local communities, and…

Posted by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann onSaturday, January 6, 2018