Need Internet? PSC's Presley seeks greater access for state residents

By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mississippi residents without high-speed Internet service, the Public Service Commission wants to hear from you.
Brandon Presley, PSC’s northern district commissioner, said today his agency has launched a campaign for Mississippians to notify the PSC if they lack this service.
“We are trying to help our rural areas get high-speed Internet because we know they need it,” he said in Tupelo this morning.
Presley plans stops throughout his district to enlist the public to report their need for the service.
He insists it’s about personal access, as well as economic and educational development.
Data gathered from this new push for information will go to the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies, which use old data showing incorrectly that Mississippians have a high degree of high-speed Internet service.
The incorrect data was provided a few years ago and must be adjusted to ensure Mississippi secures as much federal financial support as possible to improve the communication services to taxpayers, Presley said.
Anyone interested in making their high-speed Internet needs known to the PSC may:
• Call (800) 356-6428 or (800) 637-7722
• Write for a comment form to Presley, P.O. Box 1174, Jackson MS 39215-1174
• Or go online to fill out a form at www.psc.state.ms.us/Commissioners/northern/zapthegap.html.
Read more details in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.