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TEC, a leading provider of Fast Fiber Internet across the Southeast, has broken ground on a project that will provide high-speed internet to more of Jones County. Construction has started to bring underserved and unserved areas of Ellisville, Soso, Laurel, and Big Creek Fast Fiber Internet and is scheduled to be completed in fourth quarter of 2021 with service installations to begin shortly after. This project is the fifth of a seven-phase build-out across central Mississippi, with TEC investing just under ten million dollars in fiber internet infrastructure.

“We are very pleased with TEC Fast Fiber Internet. We have at least 17 devices running off the internet. We are pleased with it, but especially appreciate the customer service!” said Martha Withrow from Laurel, who recently upgraded to Fast Fiber Internet from TEC. TEC’s goal is to bridge the digital divide by providing a reliable, high-speed internet option that ultimately has positive impact in the communities it serves. With Fast Fiber Internet from TEC, residents can telecommute, easily access digital learning, work with physicians by telemedicine, and stream online video services."

“We’re excited to break ground in Jones County, and we look forward to the immense impact this investment will have on these communities,” said Joey Garner, TEC Executive Vice President. “The need for reliable and affordable high-speed internet has never been more apparent. Access to telehealth services, remote learning for school children, and remote business operations remain critical in helping rural communities survive, thrive, and flourish.”

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The current project covers more than 60 miles and can connect over 1,000 residential and business customers to Fast Fiber Internet, providing symmetrical Gigabit speeds, home security, and phone services to Jones County. 1 Gig internet connections give the best online experience for streamers, gamers, social media users, and families with multiple users at home. If you are interested in signing up for service, go to www.TEC.com/SignUp to complete a quick form.

ABOUT TEC

TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing more than 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana. Currently, TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 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 or on social media @TECconnects.