Tombigbee Fiber helping local religious organization with WiFi for students

Thanks to Tombigbee Fiber, Itawamba Community College's Wesley Foundation now has high-speed internet service for people, including college and grade school students, to take advantage of.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 12:07 AM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 9:25 AM

FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - Tombigbee Electric Power Association is working with a community college religious organization to make sure students have a place to work with good Wi-Fi connections.

Students at Itawamba Community College’s Wesley Foundation are enjoying the convenient new internet.

“It’s nothing but lightning speed,” said ICC student Isaac Floyd.

On Tuesday, I-C-C'S Wesley Foundation formally made its new internet access available to people. Organizers hosted a free lunch with music to kick off the new era of high-speed service, thanks to Tombigbee Fiber.

Floyd doesn’t have enough good to say about the new service.

“And it’s awesome because we are able to like stream music better, I can watch videos better, and get my studies done quicker,” Floyd said.

“I come over here to study a lot,” student Kaylee Heidger of Mooreville said. “Dorm room, it’s not the best because, you know, it’s a dorm room, but anytime I’m over here, the internet is phenomenal.”

Emily Quinn is the director of the Wesley Foundation. She said the service makes work smoother at Wesley.

“To download sermons or videos, normally they would take us up to three hours, and now they take like eight minutes,” Quinn said.

Quinn added on Fridays, the foundation invites virtual-learning students in grades K-12 as well. She said they’re welcome to come in on Fridays from 9:30 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon.

“Just bring a mask and bring earbuds,” Quinn said.

Tombigbee Fiber Spokesperson Matt Fennell said the company partnered with the Wesley Foundation early on in its fiber project.

“We really want to bridge the gap with the digital divide. We are, uh, especially this day and time, we see the pandemic and the need for high-speed internet coverage,” Fennell said.

Fennell said Tombigbee got into the fiber business about a year ago and has come a long way in 8 months.

According to Floyd, Tombigbee Fiber is helping his future to look bright.

“I just want to say thank you to the Tombigbee Electric Power Association for their high-speed internet, and for giving us students the opportunity to succeed,” Floyd said.

Tombigbee Electric Power Association serves over 40,000 members in Lee and Itawamba counties.

Fennell added if members have any questions about service, they can go to Tombigbeefiber.com. The link to the organization’s Facebook page is here.

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