TEC receives grant to bring internet access to rural Jasper Co.

BAY SPRINGS, Miss. (WDAM) – Fast Fiber Internet service is making its way around Jasper County, accounting to TEC.

TEC, a rural broadband provider in Mississippi, received a federal grant from the Community Connect Grant Program. TEC said they will use these funds to deliver access to gigabit-speed internet to rural and underserved portions of Jasper County.

The company has made previously invested in the area’s broadband infrastructure.

The company hopes to extend its service to Paulding, Rose Hill and Newton.

“The necessity of high-speed internet access is gravely apparent in small-town communities,” said TEC’s Vice President of Strategic Operations, Lisa Wigington. “This project will be major progress to close the digital divide for some of the most rural portions of Jasper County. We are very grateful for this grant, which also allows TEC to create a Wi-Fi hotspot location with public access to computers at the Country Corner Store in Newton.”

The company said the Country Corner Store will become a Fast Fiber Internet access point.

TEC said it will also provide 24 months of free service and two laptops to help make this community service possible.

“The day we can get everyone in these communities access to (the) internet will be a great day,” says Jasper County Supervisor Eddie Helms. “We don’t have it out here; I don’t even have it where I live in the South part near the Jones County line. These young people need it, and I hope everyone is able to get access to this because it seems to be the way everything is going nowadays.”

You can read more about the program by clicking HERE.

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