Northeast Mississippi electric power providers announce plans to provide broadband Internet service

August 10, 2019

By Danny McArthur Daily Journal – Aug 10, 2019

TUPELO • In what is being described as a historic moment on par with when Tombigbee Electric Power Association first offered electricity to rural areas, the member-owned electric power association announced Saturday that its board of directors voted to provide broadband internet to its servicing areas.

“This step is going to bring our community together with the same spirit we saw in the 1930s when our community came together to bring electricity to our rural farms and parts of the state, and this job is not done,” said Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. “This job is not done until that last house at the end of that dirt road in the most rural community has access to the outside world through a world-class broadband system.”

The announcement came at Tombigbee’s annual meeting on Saturday. At a Thursday board meeting, all 15 board members voted unanimously to provide a fiber-to-the-home network to serve all 43,950 of the EPA’s co-op members.

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