Amite and Wilkinson counties will soon be benefitting from a state and private partnership to provide high-speed internet services to rural areas.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission recently signed a $4 million order with SwyftConnect, formerly known as Cablesouth Media III LLC, to bring high-speed internet to Amite, Lamar and Wilkinson counties.

“It’s always an exciting day when I can sign off on projects like this that bring such a huge impact to Mississippians, especially to those who need it most,” commission chairman Dane Maxwell said. “With the help of this federal funding, SwyftConnect will be able to provide high-speed internet to its customers who may have never had access to it before.”

SwyftConnect recently received $4,045,170 from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund program from the Federal Communications Commission, and Tuesday’s signing gave the company the greenlight to begin the process as a designated eligible telecommunication carrier.

According to commission officials, Mississippi was the second-highest recipient of funds from the program. Over the last decade the FCC has awarded more than 180 bids totaling about $9.2 billion for broadband in 5.2 million locations across the nation.

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