Bay Springs, Mississippi (August 8, 2023) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider, has completed construction on the most recent project in Scott County. This undertaking extends Gigabit-speed internet coverage by an estimated 46 miles, providing connectivity to more than 550 customers. TEC was one of the 386 competitors in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction, which awarded $9 billion among competing broadband companies to extend essential broadband access to unserved and underserved areas. With FCC's assistance, TEC will provide Fast Fiber Internet to over 23,000 rural Mississippi residents and businesses in Copiah, Covington, Jasper, Lawrence, Lincoln, Newton, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith counties. As the project progresses through its various phases, it will bring about widespread access to high-speed broadband, propelling these communities towards accelerated economic growth.
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 proud to announce the completion of this phase of broadband infrastructure in Scott County,” said Joey Garner, CEO of the company. “Our mission is to keep expanding TEC’s Fast Fiber Internet to rural communities so that residents and businesses there have access to the same convenience and services that are available to customers in larger cities.”
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This undertaking covers an estimated 46 miles and will connect more than 550 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services to an expanded portion of Scott County. These connections offer the ultimate online experience for streamers, gamers, social media enthusiasts, and households with multiple users. 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 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 under the handle, @TECconnects.