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Big Win for Fast Fiber Internet Access Across Central Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi (September 22, 2022) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, has recently been awarded funds to provide Fast Fiber Internet to Newton, Simpson, Lawrence, and Copiah counties in Central Mississippi. An estimated 570 miles of fiber infrastructure is slated for construction and will connect more than 10,000 people to blazing fast internet. The project will be made possible through an estimated $29 million investment by TEC and USDA’s 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 in Newton, Simpson, Lawrence, and Copiah Counties, allowing them to have more efficient production of goods and services.

"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 covers an estimated 570 miles and will connect an additional 10,000 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to these communities. One Gig internet connections give the best online experience for streamers, gamers, social media users, and families with multiple users at home. Those interested in signing up for service should go to to complete a short form.