Presley addresses rural broadband access

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley heard concerns about the lack of good wireless coverage and broadband service in rural areas at a public meeting in Eupora last week.

Holding his 145th town hall meeting since taking office, Presley addressed around two dozen people on Aug. 13 at the Eupora Community Center. Some of those in attendance voiced concerns about the lack of broadband Internet service in their community, poor cell phone service, frequent power outages and water system problems.

Presley said providing high-speed Internet service in rural areas is of the utmost priority to him but that it is not happening as quickly as he’d like. His office has been compiling information it receives from consumer survey forms to determine where there is demand, yet little or no wireless or broadband coverage in north Mississippi. He urged those with such problems who have not completed a survey to do so through the “Zap the Gap” program.

Webster Progress Times