Monroe County Electric moves forward with broadband internet

The power company used a survey to learn if its customers would want it to provide broadband internet.

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 3:40 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2019 8:03 PM

AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - The Monroe County Electric Power Association is moving forward in the process of providing broadband internet to its customers.

According to the power company, its Board of Directors met on Tuesday morning to review results from a broadband provision survey.

Source: Monroe County Electric Power Association

The survey was recently sent to MCEPA customers in which they could voice their support or disapproval of the power company providing internet.

In January, Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, giving electric power associations the option to provide internet services to customers.

Prior to this signing, this was not an option for power companies.

Instead, people had to rely on other providers, such as satellite and telephone companies.

The goal of the act is to provide rural residents with better access to fast and reliable internet connections.

Of the customers who responded to the survey, a high percentage of them voted in favor of subscribing to the power company's internet service.

Based on the results, the company's Board of Directors voted in favor of broadband and to move on to the next step of providing internet to its customers.

In order to amend the company's charter to allow for such service, a vote is required from the company's membership.

The power company says a ballot will be mailed to its members.

MCEPA did not provide further information about the ballot but suggested customers follow its Facebook page for future information about the ballot mail-out.

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