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Electric cooperatives might provide broadband internet in the near future

MGN Online

The money can be a big issue for both the state and the customers that this change will serve.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 8:01 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 9:18 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is pushing for broadband high-speed internet to be in all areas of Mississippi, emphasizing rural areas.

For that to happen, a law made in 1942 would have to be changed enabling electric cooperatives to provide broadband internet services.

Another issue is the amount of money it may cost the state to provide such services.

Manager of marketing and public relations, Jon Turner, made it clear that electric cooperatives like 4-County Electric are for the idea, but that it would also be a very challenging change to make.

“In order to do this, you would have to go out and sign up a certain amount of people, guarantee that they are willing to have this service at this price,” Turner said.

The money can be a big issue for both the state and the customers that this change will serve.

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