Collins being wired

Collins being wired

JACKSON, miss. (WDAM) – A healthy portion of the Collins market could end up with high-speed broadband internet access in the very near future.

TEC, a leading broadband provider, has started a project to bring fast fiber internet availability to the Collins area of ​​Covington County.

The 42-mile project will provide over 400 customers with high-speed Internet access.

The Collins cabling is another step in TEC’s plan to provide more than 23,000 Mississippi families and businesses with access to services such as distance education and telemedicine.

TEC was one of 386 companies competing in the Federal Communications Commission’s auction, which awarded $9 billion in November 2020 to companies for delivering high-speed internet to unserved and underserved areas across the states. -United.

TEC, with help from the FCC, will fund the construction and delivery of broadband access to 10 counties in Mississippi, including Covington and Jasper counties.

“We are very excited to see TEC expand into Covington County and know how beneficial it will be for our members,” said Jan Collins, vice president of communications for Southern Pine Electric in Taylorsville.

“With fast fiber optic internet, we will have greater access to many opportunities, including better health care, more educational opportunities, and the ability to enjoy the internet as it should be.”

TEC employs more than 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 1,700 miles of fiber in its rural markets.

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