Bay Springs, Mississippi (May 31, 2023) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, has completed another construction project in Scott County. This project will enable connectivity to more than 750 residential and business customers in the Hillsboro community by expanding access to Gigabit speed internet covering an estimated 46 miles. TEC was one of 386 competing companies in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction held in November of 2020, 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 portions of Copiah, Covington, Jasper, Lawrence, Lincoln, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties. Once all phases are complete, this project will deliver Fast Fiber Internet access to more than 23,000 residential and business customers in rural Mississippi. This widespread access to high-speed broadband will accelerate economic growth in these communities, making necessary services such as remote education and telemedicine faster and more reliable.
Dependable fiber internet connections offer improved quality of life through access to telemedicine, remote learning, and work-from-home opportunities. Additionally, high-speed broadband provides personal entertainment, such as gaming or video streaming. TEC’s goal is to minimize the broadband access gap by providing reliable, high-quality, affordable internet solutions to the communities it serves.
"TEC is thrilled to complete another phase, extending Fast Fiber Internet availability to the Hillsboro community," said Joey Garner, CEO. "Dependable connections are vital to take advantage of today's online conveniences, and we are committed to bringing this access to our customers."
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This undertaking will cover an estimated 46 miles and will connect more than 750 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to a portion of Scott County. 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, visit www.TEC.com/SignUp to complete a short form.
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 currently maintains approximately 2,000 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 at the handle, @TECconnects.