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TEC Assists Local Families With Distance Learning During Covid Pandemic

Bay Springs, MS —TEC recently connected over 90 homes in Jasper county with fast fiber internet, granting Bay Springs students the opportunity to study more effectively and participate in distance learning options. More educated students lead to more successful adults, and TEC is grateful to work with the West Jasper School District in this project that reaches 135 households with 9.75 miles of fiber internet.

Joey Garner Joey F. Garner, Executive Vice President of TEC says, “We are thrilled to work with our local school district to enhance the lives of students. Keeping our next generation connected with dependable fiber internet offers incredible opportunities for them as they learn and grow at our local Bay Springs Schools. During this challenging time, when many are forced to study and work from home, we are thankful to help make life a little better with a great fiber internet connection. This endeavor was very important to us, and we are delighted to have this project completed in only eight weeks.”

West Jasper School District Superintendent of Education, Warren Woodrow, states “We feel that the increased access created by this project will be of tremendous benefit for our community now and in the future. This will provide our students and their families the ability to access educational resources as well as resources which will allow them increased access to health and economic issues and other areas of vital importance to our area.”

The project was funded by the the Mississippi Pandemic Response Broadband Availability Act, passed by the Mississippi legislature, allocated funding to the Mississippi Department of Education. The West Jasper School District applied for this funding in order to assist students with distance learning and daily educational benefits.

TEC was founded and is based in Bay Springs. TEC provides economic stability to their local service areas, employing over 200 people across Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Currently, TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 3,700 miles of copper and over 1,400 miles of fiber in its rural markets. The technology company has been providing telecom services to rural America for nearly a century, and they were the first to bring internet options to its rural markets over 20 years ago.

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