Bay Springs, Mississippi (November 29, 2022) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, has completed another project in Mize. This 55-mile project will deliver high-speed internet to more than 400 customers by providing access to Gigabit speed broadband. The completed project will expand Fast Fiber Internet to more than 23,000 families and businesses in rural Mississippi, making services such as distance education and telemedicine faster and more dependable. TEC was one of 386 competing companies in the November 2020, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction, which awarded $9 billion for the provision of broadband internet to unserved and underserved areas throughout the United States. TEC, with the assistance of the FCC, will fund the building and delivery of broadband access to Copiah, Covington, Jasper, Lawrence, Lincoln, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties.
“We are pleased to see TEC making steady progress toward providing fast fiber internet to more and more families in Smith County,” says Darnell Moffett, Public Relations Coordinator at Southern Pine Electric Cooperative. “By connecting rural communities to high-speed internet, they offer their customers and our members opportunities to live, learn, work, worship, play, and prosper. Thanks, TEC, for making life better for Mississippians!”
Dependable fiber internet connections offer 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. TEC’s goal is to minimize the broadband access gap by providing a reliable, high-quality, and affordable internet solution.
"We are excited to have completed another 55 miles of broadband infrastructure in Mize," said Joey Garner, President and CEO of TEC. "In today's world, so many services are dependent on fast, reliable internet. TEC is proud that we can bring this access to our customers in that area."
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project covers an estimated 55 miles and will connect an additional 400 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to this community. Gigabit speed 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 www.TEC.com/SignUp to complete a short form.
TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing over 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. TEC has invested in, and currently maintains, approximately 1,700 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 to bring internet options to many rural markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit www.TEC.com or social media @TECconnects.