Commissioner Wants High Speed Internet for Everyone

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Mississippi Public Service Commissioner is calling for high-speed internet to reach residents in all parts of the state. Sam Britton says Mississippi ranks 49th in connectivity and that nearly 30 percent of the state’s residents lack broadband service. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is among those who see electric cooperatives as a way to increase access; state law currently bans electrical cooperatives from offering internet service but he expects lawmakers to consider dropping that ban in 2019; he notes that Alabama has fast internet speeds at low prices provided by electrical cooperatives, even in very rural areas and if it can be done in Alabama, it can be done in Mississippi.

 


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