The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the lack of true high-speed internet services across our state as Mississippians have been forced to shelter in place at home. Dixie Electric and other electric power associations are partnering with the legislature in jump-starting high-speed internet service in an area that is mostly unserved or underserved as a long-term solution to this glaring problem. The Mississippi legislature approved $65 million in grant funding from the CARES stimulus funds. Fifteen electric cooperatives submitted grant applications, that included plans for small-scale projects, for a portion of this funding.
Dixie Electric’s portion of the grant funding will cover approximately half of the $7.4 million pilot project. The pilot project area includes southeastern Jones County and northwestern Perry County and is a two-phase project. The grant funding is for the installation of fiber optic cable to facilitate the delivery of broadband service to one of the most unserved or underserved areas of our service territory.