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Rural high-speed Internet needs may get help

NATCHEZ — Local residents without high-speed Internet may soon be getting help from the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

The commission has launched a campaign for residents across the state to notify the commission if they do not have high-speed Internet service.

Adams County District 2 Supervisor David Carter said high-speed Internet is not available to some residents in his district and other rural parts of the county.

“Everybody would love to have high-speed now,” Carter said. “Certainly we would like to see that more widespread in the county.”

Hutchins Landing Road resident Bill Fenley has satellite Internet service because that is all that is available to him.

“It’s just so darn expensive, and the service is slower,” he said.

Hutchins Landing Road resident Wanda Thompson also has satellite Internet service and said she would be happy to see high-speed Internet made available to her and her neighbors.

“We live 2 miles up the road and 3 miles in the other direction from people who can get service,” she said. “We’re just in this little cluster (that can’t get service.)”

“Expanded service and better coverage is not only a critical need in rural areas, but allows for better communication as a whole,” Southern District Commissioner Leonard Bentz said. “The Internet is one of the most important ways that information moves today.

Bentz said offering better Internet coverage will help children with education and businesses with commerce.

Anyone with a utility question or concern can call Bentz’s office at 1-800-356-6429 or e-mail southern.district@psc.state.ms.us.