COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - On Wednesday afternoon, 4-County Electric Power Association officially received over $35M from the FCC to provide broadband internet service to rural parts of east central Mississippi.
One of those hoping to be impacted by the internet expansion is Carl Mickens.
“I personally live it every day," said Mickens. "The kids are suffering because of it.”
Mickens works in the House of Representatives serving Lowndes, Winston, and Noxubee County.
He pushed for the bill to fund bringing internet to the outskirts of the cities.
“My passion was to make sure that the kids have access to the Internet because they’re our future and they need to be able to learn at the same pace that kids that are inner city are able to do” he said.
This funding will allow 4-County to provide its broadband service to over 12,000 homes in the nine counties it serves.
Public service commissioner, Brandon Presley believes this money will make Mississippi's technology more comparable to other states.
“This is an investment in our future, an investment in our children, an investment in our communities that is going to help Mississippi workers not only survive today in a pandemic," he said, "but also to grow in a modern economy and a modern world that’s changing.”
4-County CEO, Brian Clark explained late last week the company plans to start its work in Lone Oak in Clay County and will continue to spread its broadband internet to more rural areas throughout the next four years.