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TEC Upgrading Polkville to Fast Fiber Internet

Bay Springs, MS – The Polkville community in Smith County, Mississippi, will soon enjoy the benefits of TEC’s new fiber broadband network. Construction is underway with crews installing fiber optic cable on Smith County Road 36. TEC plans to complete the buildout in early second quarter of 2021. This project is the start of a seven-phase build across the Pine Belt area that will cover 106 square miles, with TEC investing just under ten million dollars in fiber internet infrastructure.

With fiber internet from TEC, residents can telecommute, access digital learning, work with physicians by telemedicine, and stream online video services. The newly gained fiber access will change the economic landscape for local Polkville area businesses, allowing them to have more efficient production of goods and services with a reliable and fast internet connection.

Joey Garner “I am thrilled for TEC to introduce fast fiber internet to our neighbors in Smith county,” says Joey F. Garner, Executive Vice President of TEC. “We are ready to connect people with friends, family, and the world through dependable broadband internet applications. TEC is dedicated to bridging the broadband gap in our state and committed to improving daily activities with increased internet opportunities.”

“We are excited about opportunities that high-speed internet will provide for our citizens and community,” states Robert Miles, Mayor of Polkville. “We appreciate the investment that TEC is making in Polkville and look forward to the future with TEC in our community.”

When completed, this project will cover over 18 miles and connect 300 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet. Symmetrical Gigabit speeds and home phone services will be available to the Polkville community residents; if you are interested in signing up for internet service, TEC is directing customers to to complete a quick form.

TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing over 200 people across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Currently, TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 3,700 miles of copper and over 1,400 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 over 20 years ago. For more information, visit