Bay Springs, Mississippi (June 19, 2023) – TEC, a leading rural broadband provider in Mississippi, has broken ground on a project in Jasper County. This undertaking will extend Gigabit-speed internet coverage by an estimated 85 miles, providing connectivity to more than 600 residential and business customers in the most rural and underserved portions of Jasper County. TEC was the recipient of a federal grant from the Community Connect Grant Program, which made this project possible. These funds allow TEC to increase its significant existing investment of broadband infrastructure to portions of Paulding, Rose Hill, and Newton. The grant of $3 million, combined with TEC's investment of over $1.2 million, brings the total financial commitment to an estimated $4.2 million toward expanding high-speed internet in the area.
TEC’s goal is to minimize the broadband access gap by providing a reliable, high-quality, affordable internet solution. This connectivity supports the local economy and offers improved quality of life through telemedicine, remote learning, and work-from-home opportunities. Additionally, high-speed broadband provides personal enjoyment, such as streaming videos or gaming.
"For a century now, TEC's mission has been to foster greater connection within communities," said Joey Garner, the company's CEO. "We are thrilled to be able to continue this mission by initiating this important project in Jasper County."
In recognition of the vital need for broadband in the area, TEC will provide complimentary Fast Fiber Internet service at the DS County Corner Store in Newton for 24 months. The DS Country Corner Store will serve as a public community center equipped with two laptops provided by TEC.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This undertaking will cover an estimated 85 miles and will connect over 600 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds, home security, and phone services to Jasper County. 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 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 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 rural markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit www.TEC.com or on social media under the handle, @TECconnects.