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TEC Provides Fast Fiber Internet to Chalk Level Volunteer Fire Department

Erin, Tennessee (April 8th 2024) — In recognition of the crucial role of reliable communication for emergency services, and to support the ongoing efforts to enhance connectivity across the community, TEC provides broadband access to Chalk Level Volunteer Fire Department in Camden, TN, to help overcome challenges posed by inadequate broadband.

“Having Fiber at Chalk Level has been a great help overall,” said Richard Kee, Director of Benton County Emergency Management Agency. “As a Volunteer Fire Department, Chalk Level is able to use this service to improve its response through great training videos and online courses.”

This collaboration to provide the Chalk Level Volunteer Fire Department with high-speed broadband service went live in April of 2023. With TEC’s Fast Fiber Internet, emergency response teams can keep their communication lines open, access virtual training, and stay ready to respond to emergencies.

TEC provides mission critical fiber services with reliability and speed to ensure first responders are always prepared. This free access is part of a completed project that provides Fast Fiber Internet access to more than 1,000 locations in the underserved communities of Holladay, Big Sandy, and Camden, TN.

“This a pledge to the future of the community," said Joey F. Garner, CEO of TEC. "We are happy to help provide safety with the support of reliable, high-speed internet."


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 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 of these markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit or social media @TECconnects.