Joey Garner Cherokee, Alabama –TEC is pleased to be the recipient of a matching grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Colbert County Community Broadband Project for $2,672,910, adding fiber internet connectivity to over 400 households in the Allsboro, Mynot, Maud, Mhoontown, and Eagle Point communities. This new fiber deployment will cover 171 square miles in North Alabama to allow an increase in service availability and internet speeds up to 1Gbps.
TEC has been providing telecom services to rural America for nearly a century, and they were the first to bring internet options to their rural markets over 20 years ago. TEC provides economic stability to their local service areas, employing over 90 people across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Currently TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 3,700 miles of copper and over 900 miles of fiber in its rural markets.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to increase our fiber internet network in Alabama with the assistance of this federally funded grant. TEC is committed to our local service areas, our customers, and our employees, and we look forward to these great opportunities and additions in 2020,” states Joey F. Garner, Executive Vice President of TEC.