Home » Tag Archives: Internet

Tag Archives: Internet

State ISPs meet the challenge of dramatically increased need for high speed internet services

By BECKY GILLETTE With the unprecedented shifts in how business services and education are delivered due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), demand for high speed internet service has doubled and tripled from uses ranging from more telecommuting to online remote education, said Dave Miller, senior media relations manager for C Spire in Mississippi. Miller said most of the demand ...

Read More »

Mississippi could get piece of $20B rural broadband fund

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Some 231,000 rural locations Mississippi could dip into a $20 billion pot for broadband access. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced this week initial estimates of how many homes and businesses in each state could benefit from Phase I of the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. A total of about 6 million ...

Read More »

Tax from internet sales growing, but state getting less

By BOBBY HARRISON / Mississippi Today Since a June 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to collect taxes on internet sales, Mississippi’s use tax collections have steadily increased.   Still, state Economist Darrin Webb and Mississippi’s other financial experts are projecting use tax revenue going to the general fund for core state functions such as education, law enforcement and ...

Read More »

Hood: Deal should bring Mississippi better internet service

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says the state will settle its part of a lawsuit that opposed the merger of cellphone companies T-Mobile and Sprint. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have been part of the lawsuit. The merger awaits final federal approval. Hood said Wednesday that under the Mississippi agreement, the new company will make a next-generation “5G” ...

Read More »

Another Mississippi electric co-op eyes high-speed internet

Another Mississippi electric cooperative wants to get into the internet business. North East Mississippi Electric Power Association tells The Oxford Eagle that it will ask its members during a December annual meeting to authorize a broadband internet subsidiary. The cooperative says it aims to offer fiber optic service to all of its 27,000 customers in Lafayette, Marshall, Union, Pontotoc and ...

Read More »

‘Homework gap’ shows millions of students lack home internet

With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from ...

Read More »

New Mississippi law lets electric co-ops offer internet

Mississippi’s 25 electric cooperatives now have legal authority to offer high-speed internet service. Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed House Bill 366 , and it became law immediately. Cooperatives provide electricity to nearly 800,000 Mississippi customers. The law allows the co-ops to enter the internet business. Officials with Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, a statewide trade association, say 20 of 25 ...

Read More »

Bill: Let Mississippi electric cooperatives offer internet

A measure to allow Mississippi electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet is taking its first step forward. The House Public Utilities Committee approved House Bill 366 on Monday, sending it to the full House for more debate. The measure would allow Mississippi’s 25 electric cooperatives to form subsidiaries to offer broadband internet service. They’re currently banned from doing so. The ...

Read More »

BRANDON PRESLEY: Rural Mississippians deserve internet service the same as anyone else

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick “yes” but, that isn’t what current state policy says. Internet service has become a necessity for modern life, but far too many Mississippians live in the “digital dark,” lacking access ...

Read More »

BILL CRAWFORD — White space the solution for rural broadband?

White space surrounding rural folks across Mississippi may be the solution to closing our digital divide.   Huh?   Well, “white space refers to the unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum,” according to techrepublic.com.   Huh?   Okay, it’s basically unused TV channels. Turns out TV channel frequencies below 700 Mhz function sort of like 4G so they can be ...

Read More »