Talk of broadband internet in Pontotoc County re-surface

Members of the Pontotoc Electric Power Association (PEPA) are bringing back the idea of offering broadband internet to their customers.

Posted: May 6, 2020 6:50 PM

PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Members of the Pontotoc Electric Power Association (PEPA) are bringing back the idea of offering broadband internet to their customers.

Board members know it's a necessity, especially now that students and workers are forced to do everything from home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In early 2019, former Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 366 giving the state’s electric cooperatives the legal authority to offer high-speed internet service.

Related - New Mississippi law lets electric co-ops offer internet

Earlier Wednesday, board members and customers met. They wanted to know where the co-op is when it comes to broadband. Customer Jackie Courson described the meeting as positive.

At a meeting in April, Board members announced it wasn't feasible to pursue broadband. Something changed Wednesday, Courson said.

“It seems like everybody has changed their attitude somewhat,” he said. “At least we have some dialogue going and they are open to listening to us and we are open to helping them."

The Board said the state may be able to provide more money to electric cooperatives to pursue broadband. PEPA will look into trying to get some of those grant dollars. It could cost up to $40 million.

PEPA Board President Larry Parker said the Board is going to re-look at the overall picture and see where the co-op needs to be.

Parker said meetings like the one on Wednesday will help keep both the Board and PEPA customers on the same page.

"It was very informative and we learned stuff; they learned stuff. The dialogue was very good and positive, very positive," Parker said.

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