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Presley announces effort to bring high-speed internet to rural north Mississippi

Brandon Presley

Brandon Presley

JACKSON, Mississippi – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today a new effort to enlist the public in bringing high speed internet access to North Mississippi. In the vein of the highly successful Zap the Gap campaign which gathers information on wireless cell phone coverage, Presley introduced the Broadband Survey as a means of identifying areas lacking high speed internet. The information gathered by Presley’s office will be sent to the FCC and to companies designated as Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (“ETCs”) in order to ensure that North Mississippi receives federal support in line with its needs. Today Presley will be making stops in Tupelo, Columbus Greenwood and Hernando today and tomorrow announcing the program.

“No one is in a better position to identify the need for high speed internet than the small business owner who needs it to run their business, the parent whose child cannot access educational material for school, or the person who still cannot receive an email in 2013,” Presley said. “I hope this program gives these people a voice, and that ultimately, they have the tools and services they need.”

Presley is asking consumers to contact his office for a copy of the Broadband Survey and mail the form to Commissioner Brandon Presley, Attention: Zap the Gap, P.O. Box 1174, Jackson, MS 39215-1174. His office can be reached at 1-800-356-6428 or 1-800-637-7722. If you have somewhere to access the internet, an online form can be found here.


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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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  1. We have not had any type of internet except for dial-up since internet began, we don’t even have cable down our road. I contacted AT&T after talking to several AT&T engineers and AT&T line repair techs, I was told that I was within the distance to get DSL and that all was needed was a single board installed in the exchange. I went up the chain of command till I spoke to a district supervisor out of Atlanta, GA. She told me in condescending voice, & I quote, “Mr. Henson, you will get high speed internet, when condos on the moon are going for $99 dollars a week!” I was shocked, then she hung up on me. I called back several times no return call. I spoke to a AT&T tech (withholding name to protect him) who confirmed that my local exchange has fiber to the exchange and can easily be upgraded, for all my local neighbors to get regular or high speed internet, but that they only install those boards in HIGH population places or where there are big businesses in need of it. I’m not in some remote hole in the wall, I live in rural area, but we have more than enough population to support DSL or some other high speed internet!
    Please fill out that survey & pray that Mr. Presley can have some success.

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