Erin, Tennessee (April 29, 2021) ---TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, broke ground on a significant project earlier this week to provide Fast Fiber Internet to Henry, Stewart, Houston, and Montgomery counties. This project is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Pilot Program to decrease the digital divide in areas that lack adequate access to the internet. This program will invest $1.02 million into broadband infrastructure which TEC will match for a total investment of $2,048,568.
“We are thankful that TEC is expanding the broadband service in Henry County,” states John Penn Ridgeway, Henry County Mayor.” The addition of this service will help numerous residents in the southern part of Henry County as well as our education system and workforce development programs. I am excited to watch the opportunities that broadband expansion brings to our county!”
Joey Garner “Having broadband access is a stimulant for growth in rural communities through efficient, modern connections between rural households, schools, business, and health care centers to the world,” said Joey Garner, Executive Vice President of TEC. “Dependable fiber internet connections offer improved quality of life. There is now a more crucial need for working, learning, communicating, and having the capability to access essential online services.”
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project covers an estimated 34 miles and will connect over 700 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to these communities. 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.
TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing over 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana. Currently, TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 1,400 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.