More than 4,800 homes and businesses, including those in Copiah and Lawrence Counties, will gain access to fast fiber internet through a project that will be implemented by TEC, a leading rural broadband internet provider
An estimated 570 miles of fiber infrastructure is slated for construction and will connect more than 10,000 people.
The project, which also encompasses Newton and Simpson Counties, will be made possible through an estimated $29 million investment by TEC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Reconnect Program.
TEC’s goal is to provide rural communities with a reliable, high-quality, affordable
broadband solution. More than ever, high-speed broadband service is essential for home employment, online education, telemedicine, and modern entertainment. In addition, expanded access to Fast Fiber Internet from TEC will change the economic landscape for area businesses, advancing efficient production of goods and services in the four counties that will benefit.
"TEC has been dedicated to fostering connection among rural communities for nearly a century," says Lisa Wigington, VP of Strategic Operations. "Technology has certainly changed over that time, but we remain driven to improve our customers' lives through connection. This project is an important part of that commitment."
The project will connect residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to communities. One Gig internet connections give the best online experience for streamers, gamers, social media users, and families with multiple users.
Those interested in signing up for service should go to www.TEC.com/SignUp to complete a short form.
TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing more than 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana. TEC has invested in, and currently maintains, approximately 1,800 miles of fiber in its rural markets. For nearly a century, TEC has been a forerunner in providing telecommunications services to rural America and was the first company to bring internet options to many rural markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit www.TEC.com or social media @TECconnects.