New site outlines Internet services

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – A new website outlines the availability of broadband across the state.
Gov. Haley Barbour on Monday announced the Broadband For Mississippi site as part of the state’s overall effort to increase high-speed Internet access to all communities.
The site, at www.broadband .ms.gov, allows Mississippians to learn more about broadband technology and what it means to their community. It also allows individuals to learn which providers offer service to their locations.
“Expanding Internet access through the latest and fastest technologies is critical to the state’s economic development, education and health care sectors,” Barbour said. “This site will be another way for Mississippians to learn about broadband technology and how it can help their lives.”
The site also explains the state’s initiatives to improve access to broadband for all residents and allows visitors to test the speed of their current Internet service.
The project is part of a more than $7 million effort to evaluate and enhance the availability of broadband technology statewide.
The program, which is managed by the Mississippi Broadband Task Force, is funded through stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.