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State Official to Discuss Broadband With Alcorn Supervisors

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor 

A state official will be at the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday to discuss rural broadband service and other issues, said Chancery Clerk Greg Younger.

Presley

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will attend the 9 a.m. meeting at the supervisors office building at 305 S. Fulton Drive.

Alcorn County supervisors have looked at improving rural broadband service. The supervisors recently considered a USDA Rural Development Community Connect grant to expand high-speed Internet. But the supervisors decided not to apply for the grant after it appeared the county was ineligible, Younger has said.

To be eligible, an area had to lack broadband speed of 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream.

Younger

County officials were also concerned that the grant’s 15 percent county match would have been a financial burden.

After the county decided against pursuing the grant, Younger said the supervisors remained committed to improving broadband. Younger last month announced that he was inviting Presley to a meeting to discuss the issues.

Meanwhile, Presley has expressed interest in an Alabama broadband expansion model that involves electric cooperatives.

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