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TEC Bringing Fast Fiber Internet To East Rankin County

Bay Springs, MS – TEC, a leading rural fiber broadband provider in Mississippi, has started the second phase of fiber expansion in east Rankin County, connecting more Mississippians with dedicated, quality internet options. Construction is underway with crews installing fiber optic cable on Charlie White Road with plans to complete the buildout in the second quarter of 2021. This project consists of seven phases that will bring fiber internet to parts of Jasper, Smith, Scott, and Jones counties.

Joey Garner “This new year brings innovative, exciting opportunities for TEC as we continue growing our fiber footprint in Mississippi,” says Joey F. Garner, Executive Vice President of TEC. “We look forward to making a positive difference in rural areas by connecting more people with internet services. TEC is dedicated to our customers, and we are thankful for the chance to bring these broadband improvements and advancements to Rankin county.”

TEC’s goal is to minimize the broadband gap by providing a reliable, high-quality, and affordable internet solution. 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. Customer needs are changing when it comes to internet usage during these unprecedented times; there is now a crucial need for working, learning, communicating, and having the capability to access essential online services, like telehealth, remotely.

“I’m very pleased with the progress being made by TEC. Their persistence and dedication will result in the deployment of fast and dependable internet connections to 400 more homes,” Central District Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey said. “For too long, Mississippians in rural parts of the state have been doing without a reliable connection. Events over the last year have led to the closure of many educational and governmental facilities as well as local businesses. The lack of internet in rural areas has highlighted just how important it is that we keep expanding and TEC is doing excellent work in this field.”

When completed, this project will cover over 41 miles and pass 367 residential and business customers with TEC’s Fast Fiber Internet. Symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services will be available to the residents of rural east Rankin County. If you are interested in signing up for internet service, go to to complete a quick form.

TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing over 200 people across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. 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 these communities over 20 years ago. For more information, visit