Bay Springs, Mississippi (January 26, 2022) - TEC, a leading provider of broadband service to rural communities across the Southeast, has broken ground on construction that will deliver additional Fast Fiber Internet access to downtown Taylorsville. Once completed, this 14.8-mile project will connect 400 additional residential and business customers to high-speed internet. This undertaking is a part of the Central Mississippi Rural Community Fiber Project which incorporates and brings this crucial infrastructure to parts of Jasper, Smith, Newton, Lauderdale, and Jones counties. The project will be made possible through an estimated $6.2 million investment by TEC and RUS’s Reconnect Program. In conjunction with the project, an additional 13 miles of broadband construction nearby will be built and funded solely by TEC.
“High speed internet is quickly becoming a necessity, especially to rural Mississippi, and this is our time in history to expand this necessary utility into every home and business across the state,” Chairman Dane Maxwell said. “It’s through the work of our federal and state delegation, and because of providers like TEC that these residents will have access to high-speed internet for the very first time. This opens the door for telemedicine, remote working, economic development and more, and I appreciate the hard work it takes to get this done for Mississippi.”
TEC’s goal is to bridge the digital divide by providing a reliable, high-speed internet option that positively impacts the communities it serves. With Fast Fiber Internet from TEC, residents can take advantage of convenient work-from-home opportunities, digital learning, appointments with physicians via telemedicine, and video streaming services.
“We are thrilled to increase Fast Fiber Internet access for the residents and businesses of Taylorsville,” said Joey Garner, CEO of TEC. “People living and working in smaller communities should be able to take advantage of all the conveniences that high-speed internet provides in today’s changing world. This project is an important part of the ongoing TEC mission of providing rural areas with the latest communication technology.”
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This construction will develop 14.8 miles of fiber infrastructure and connect 400 additional residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds, home security, and phone services to Taylorsville. Gigabit 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 can visit www.TEC.com/SignUp to complete a short form.
TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. TEC has invested in and currently maintains approximately 2,000 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 on social media @TECconnects.