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TEC Embarks on Fast Fiber Internet Buildout in Colbert County

Cherokee, Alabama (May 22, 2024) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, has broken ground on a project designed to enhance digital connectivity in parts of Colbert County, Alabama. This initiative involves deploying advanced fiber-based technologies to upgrade existing copper infrastructure covering an estimated 3.52 miles, substantially improving internet connectivity for nearly 200 residents and businesses in the area.

TEC’s goal is to help bridge the digital divide by providing a reliable, high-speed internet option in its communities. To achieve this, TEC is expanding its digital fiber network and upgrading existing copper infrastructure with modern technologies. This year, TEC is prioritizing infrastructure upgrades that will significantly improve service quality, reflecting its commitment to fostering economic growth and prosperity across its service areas.

TEC’s Fast Fiber Internet enhances the local economy and quality of life for residents through improved access to telemedicine, remote learning, and work-from-home opportunities, as well as personal entertainment like streaming and gaming. Fiber optics can deliver speeds exceeding 20 times faster than traditional copper, which provides a better online experience for residents and businesses alike.

“Our newest outreach in Cherokee underscores our dedication to high-speed, reliable internet for every resident," said Joey F. Garner, CEO of TEC. "We’re thrilled to see our vision take shape each day.”


This undertaking will cover an estimated 3.52 miles and provide access to nearly 200 residential and business customers, offering symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to residents of Cherokee, Alabama. Gigabit internet connections give the best online experience for streamers, gamers, social media users, and families using multiple devices at home. To sign up for service, visit to complete a short form or call us at 833-832-3423.


TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing more than 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 3,600 miles of fiber in its rural markets. For 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 or find us on social media under the handle, @TECconnects.