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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” ...

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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 ...

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‘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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Broadband – fast or faster – expanding across state

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom in broadband Internet service in the United States. Recently, two providers have expanded their service to parts of the state that are underserved, or depending the assumptions, unserved by high-speed broadband connections. Most recently, AT&T announced it is offering its service in parts of 46 counties in Mississippi. Based on ...

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C Spire rolls out major program to extend high-speed Internet

By JACK WEATHERLY C Spire is launching a major high-speed Internet service initiative to underserved parts of Mississippi as well as to small businesses. The Ridgeland-based company announced the plan Monday that will offer its service to 250,000 small businesses and individuals, with speeds typically 25 megabits per second (Mbps) in underserved areas, 100 Mbps in other communities and 1 ...

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