Tombigbee Electric bringing fiber Internet to homes, businesses in Lee, Itawamba counties

August 15, 2019

Tombigbee Electric bringing fiber Internet to homes, businesses in Lee, Itawamba counties

By RBNews – August 10, 2019

TUPELO, Miss. – Tombigbee Electric Power Association (TEPA), a non-profit, member-owned electric power association, today announced its plans to move ahead with a fiber-to-the-home network buildout to serve 100 percent of the co-op’s 43,950 members. Tombigbee is one of the first electric power associations in Mississippi to make this move.

The broadband deployment, projected to cost approximately $95 million and span TEPA’s 8 counties predominately Lee and Itawamba Counties, was approved by the TEPA Board of Directors at its August 8, 2019 regular board meeting and publicly announced at its Annual Meeting, Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Tupelo, dependent upon amendment of its articles of incorporation. As a next step TEPA will hold a membership meeting on September 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at its Auburn Road offices to amend its articles to proceed pursuant to the Mississippi Electric Power Association Law and Broadband Enabling Act of 2019.

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