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Electric power provider plans to offer internet services to customers

The Tombigbee Electric Power Association announced on Saturday it will soon be offering broadband internet to customers.

Posted: Aug 10, 2019 6:55 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 9:41 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tombigbee Electric Power Association announced on Saturday it will soon be offering broadband internet to customers.

The association's board unanimously passed the decision on Thursday.

This comes six months after the state passed a bill allowing rural power co-ops to offer internet service.

"This step is a major milestone in the history and progress of rural people in this state,” said Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

Tombigbee Electric is among a growing list of co-ops who have decided to opt into providing internet.

"I think other members of electric cooperatives in our state are going to say that if they can do it at Tombigbee and do it in the north delta, which is a very rural community,” Presley said. “Why can't we do it in Monroe County? Why can't we do it in Clay County? Why can't we do it in other counties?"

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