TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The federal government gave AT&T hundreds of millions of dollars to help with broadband internet.
Now, one member of the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) wants to know if that service is actually being provided.
PSC Northern Commissioner Brandon Presley said the telecommunications company received $283 million in federal funding for Mississippi.
Where is all the money going? He wants a clearer picture.
Much of Mississippi’s rural communities do not have access to reliable broadband internet. Because of this problem, many Mississippians struggle to access media and information.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi students and educators rely on quality internet for distancing education.
WTVA reporter Erin Wilson spoke with Presley Thursday about the issue. Watch the story in the video above.