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Representative Chesteen Receives Business Champion Award for Internet Access Bill

Business Council of Alabama Chairman Jeff Coleman, right, president and CEO of Coleman Worldwide Moving in Dothan, presents the Business Champion Award to state Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva

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DOTHAN, Ala. (April 3, 2017) – State Rep. Donnie Chesteen of Geneva today received the Business Champion Award for sponsorship and support of the Wireless Infrastructure Renovation for Education Act that authorizes high-speed broadband access in Alabama’s K-12 public schools.

Business Council of Alabama Chairman Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman Worldwide Moving, presented Rep. Chesteen the award during a ceremony at the Dothan Chamber of Commerce.

“Rep. Chesteen’s efforts bring our classrooms up to date by providing the technology for each student whether in a rural or urban setting to have access broadband wireless high-speed Internet access that will greatly enhance their education opportunities,” Coleman said. “Student access to the Web will put them in good position to further their educations and work experience after they graduate from high school. Business benefits from a work force already schooled in the basics.”

The Legislature passed HB 41 known as the “WIRED Act” in the 2016 legislative session. The House passed the bill in final form by a vote of 103-1 and the Senate passed it 29-2. It became Act 2016-139.

A companion bill authorized $12 million to match federal funds for purchase and installation of the technology.

The Business Champion Award recognizes legislators for sponsorship and support of policies that better Alabama’s business climate and the lives of employees, families, and citizens.

The BCA is a statewide advocacy association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

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