Carroll County is the next area to begin enjoying the benefits of TEC’s fiber-optic broadband network. Construction has started installing fiber optic cable on Highway 105 in Trezevant, and TEC plans to complete the McLemoresville and Buena Vista Community projects in the second quarter of 2021.
The total investment of this project is $1,837,061 and is being funded by a grant in the amount of $826,677 from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and TEC will contribute a cash match in the amount of $1,010,384. When completed, the project will provide access to Fast Fiber Internet to over 281 homes and businesses in the communities of Buena Vista and McLemoresville.
In recognition of the vital public services provided by the McLemoresville Activity Center in downtown and the Public Safety Building (Police Department) in Huntingdon, TEC will donate laptops and provide 36 months of broadband internet access free of charge to support public access in these communities. TEC Executive Vice President Joey Garner says fiber is the gold standard for broadband. “Fiber broadband typically is only available in big cities, and we are excited to offer this future-proof technology to those living and working in these West Tennessee communities,” she says. “TEC strives to ensure that our customers have access to the best, most advanced internet technology available.”
TEC has been providing telecom services to rural America for nearly a century, and they were the first to bring internet options to these communities over 20 years ago. TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing over 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Currently, TEC has invested in and maintains approximately 3,700 miles of copper and over 1,300 miles of fiber in its rural markets.