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Tombigbee Electric Power Association Will Bring Internet Services To Some Area Counties

By August 10, 2019August 13th, 2019No Comments

By Stephanie Poole – August 10, 2019|

LEE COUNTY, Miss.(WCBI) – Tombigbee Electric Power Association announced a plan to begin a broadband network service.

Tombigbee is one of the first electric power associations in Mississippi to add internet services. The network will serve over 40,000 residents and businesses.

This was made possible through the Mississippi Electric Power Association Law and Broadband Enabling Act of 2019, which allows co-ops to provide broadband services.

“We begin to embark on bridging the digital divide and bringing rural Mississippi out of the digital dark,”said Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

Presley said adding broadband services will improve the quality of life for residents.

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