BAY SPRINGS, Miss. (May 21, 2021) – TEC, a leading rural fiber broadband provider in Mississippi, has recently completed the second phase of fiber expansion in east Rankin County, connecting more Mississippians with high quality, reliable internet options. Installations for Fast Fiber Internet are underway for homes and businesses in Pelahatchie, Morton and Polkville. This expansion is part of a project that will also bring fiber internet to parts of Jasper, Smith, Scott, and Jones counties, in which TEC will be investing just under $10 million.
“Committing to fiber investments in our rural communities will undoubtedly establish a better future for our entire state,” said Joey Garner, TEC Executive Vice President. “There are countless benefits to having access to a reliable internet option and with technology rapidly changing, it is needed now more than ever. TEC stands ready and will continue expanding our high-quality service to areas that need it most.”
A reliable fiber internet connection offers many benefits that contribute to an improved quality of life through telemedicine, distance learning, and work from home options. Additionally, high-speed broadband provides personal enjoyment, such as streaming videos or gaming.
“It’s always great news finding out that more Mississippians are gaining access to high-speed internet, a service which continues to play an essential role in our everyday lives,” Central District Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey said. “These services are crucial and there is a high-demand for those who need it for telehealth, telework, distance learning and more. I applaud the work and ongoing efforts of TEC for being proactive and ensuring their customers are being served. In addition to the nearly 400 homes and businesses gaining access to high-speed internet in this phase of work, we look forward to future broadband expansion projects in the Central District, including Rankin County as well as in neighboring counties, for those residents who have gone far too long without a reliable, high-speed internet connection.”
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project covers an estimated 41 miles and will connect over 367 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds, security and home phone services to the Rankin County Community. 1 Gig internet connections give the best online experience for streamers, gamers, social media users, and families with multiple users at home. If you are interested in signing up for service, go to www.TEC.com/SignUp to complete a quick form.