First Two Rural Electric Providers to Offer Broadband Internet

TUPELO, MS (Ben Caxton) — After state legislators passed a law allowing rural electric providers to enter the business, two Mississippi electric cooperatives will offer high-speed internet. Batesville-based Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association will begin stringing fiber-optic cable next month; over 380 miles of fiber-optic cable has been ordered for the first phase of the project and should take about four years to complete at a cost of about $60 million overall. Meanwhile, Tombigbee Electric Power Association announced their plan Saturday at its annual meeting in Tupelo, saying it will spend $95 million on its internet system. Cooperatives are barred from using electric revenues to subsidize internet business, and can’t force electric customers to use the service.



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