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TEC Triumphant in FCC Broadband Auction for East Alabama

Roanoke, AL — TEC, a leading provider of rural fiber broadband in Alabama, will bring Fast Fiber Internet to parts of Chambers and Randolph Counties. TEC was one of 386 competing companies in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband auction, which awarded $9 billion for the provision of broadband internet to unserved and underserved areas throughout the United States. TEC secured more than $320,000 in funding from the FCC broadband auction to build and deliver broadband access to parts of rural Alabama. TEC will provide an additional investment of over $102,000; the total project cost will exceed $423,000 in build-out and construction.

TEC continually strives to decrease the digital divide by providing a reliable, high-quality, and affordable broadband solution. Customer needs are changing when it comes to internet usage during these unprecedented times. More than ever, TEC’s services are indispensable for being able to work from home, online education, and telemedicine. Dependable fiber internet connections make many of life’s daily tasks easier.

Joey Garner “Building connections for the community is our goal. We are thankful for this opportunity to improve the quality of life for our neighbors, friends, and businesses near Roanoke,” states Joey F. Garner Executive Vice President of TEC. “TEC looks forward to growing with our community and continually enhancing the quality and availability of communication services with our fiber network deployment.”

In this project, TEC will construct eight and a half miles of fiber network and connect over 200 businesses and residences. Community members will have access to TEC’s Fast Fiber Internet with upload and download speeds of 1 Gig, plus phone services. Interested customers should submit their information to www.TEC.com/SignUp to request access to Fast Fiber Internet.

“Thank you to TEC for continuing to bring broadband to Randolph County. Internet deployment is happening, E-commerce is growing” states Bryant Whaley, Executive Director of Randolph County Economic Development Authority. “Broadband is happening. Everything experts have said about the Internet is happening. Fast Fiber Internet is changing the way people work and live. I appreciate everything TEC does for our county.”

TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing over 200 people across Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. Currently, TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 3,700 miles of copper and over 1,500 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 rural markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit www.TEC.com.