STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Permission for power cooperatives to offer internet advances

MGN Online

A measure to allow Mississippi electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet is taking another step forward.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 10:28 AM
Updated: Jan 23, 2019 11:28 AM

Update 01/23/19 11:26 a.m.

State senators passed House Bill 366 Wednesday morning. The bill goes to the governor's desk for approval.

See the original post below. 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A measure to allow Mississippi electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet is taking another step forward.

The Senate Energy Committee approved House Bill 366 on Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate for more debate. It passed the House last week.

The measure would let Mississippi's 25 electric cooperatives form subsidiaries to offer broadband internet service. They're currently banned from doing so.

The bill, sponsored by Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton, has been championed by Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, a Democrat.

Cooperatives wouldn't be required to enter the internet business and current customers wouldn't be required to buy service.

The measure allows cooperatives to invest money, loan money or guarantee loans to affiliates, but says they can't use revenue from electric sales to subsidize broadband.

Article Comments

Tupelo
Overcast
65° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 65°
Columbus
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 66°
Oxford
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 63°
Starkville
Overcast
64° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 64°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather