Bay Springs, Mississippi (December 6, 2022) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, has recently completed a project in the Scott County community of Pulaski. This undertaking provides connectivity to more than 250 homes and businesses by administering access to Gigabit speed internet. 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.
“Dependable internet connections are crucial, especially in the most rural parts of the state. Fast Fiber will provide better access to telemedicine, online education, and business services, which can all contribute to economic growth and an improved quality of life,” said Central District Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey. “I commend TEC’s efforts and commitment to bring affordable, reliable, and high-quality internet services to Scott County. More work is coming, and this service will continue to expand in the Central District.”
Dependable fiber internet connections offer improved quality of life through access to telemedicine, distance learning, and work-from-home opportunities. Additionally, high-speed broadband provides personal entertainment, such as streaming videos or gaming. TEC’s goal is to minimize the broadband access gap by providing reliable, high-quality, affordable internet solutions to the communities it serves.
"Our team is excited to have completed this phase of infrastructure construction in the Pulaski community," said Joey Garner, President and CEO of TEC. "Those businesses and residents deserve the gold standard in connectivity and the benefits that come with that, adding vital convenience to their everyday lives."
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project covers an estimated 31 miles and will connect more than 250 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to parts of the Pulaski community. Gigabit internet connections give the best online experience for streamers, gamers, social media users, and families with multiple users at home. To sign up for service, 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 of these markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit www.TEC.com or social media @TECconnects.