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Fast Fiber Internet Expansion Slated for Jasper and Smith Counties

Bay Springs, Mississippi (October 3, 2022) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, has recently been awarded funds to provide Fast Fiber Internet to Jasper and Smith counties in Central Mississippi. An estimated 173 miles of fiber infrastructure is slated for construction and will connect more than 1,400 homes and businesses to blazing fast internet. The project will be made possible through an estimated $10 million investment by TEC and USDA’s Reconnect Program.

Dependable fiber internet connections offer improved quality of life through access to telemedicine, distance learning, and work-from-home options. Additionally, high-speed broadband provides personal enjoyment, such as gaming or video streaming. TEC’s goal is to minimize the broadband availability gap by providing communities with a reliable, high-quality, affordable internet solution.

“TEC is thrilled to provide even more Fast Fiber Internet access to Jasper and Smith County communities thanks to the USDA Reconnect Program,” states Joey F. Garner, President and CEO of TEC. “We remain committed to connecting as many homes and businesses as possible. Gaining access to high-speed broadband will greatly improve the quality of life for this community and increase economic development.”


The project covers an estimated 173 miles and connects approximately 1,400 additional residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to portions of the Smith and Jasper 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.