Presley continues push for better coverage

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By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Residents in the Cairo community, a rural community in south Tishomingo County, met Tuesday night with Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley to request a push for improved cellphone service and broadband Internet service.

“We’ve been looking at areas with the most complaints about lack of service,” Presley said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. “We hear from lots of different people and reach out to them to document those areas.”

His office has been successful getting better cellphone coverage in an area where they can show the need is there, he said.

Once each quarter Presley said his office transmits the information they gather from area residents to the Federal Communication Commission, and also to local service providers AT&T and C Spire.

The key to having the data they need is having sufficient documentation from individuals in a community who are affected by the poor coverage.

“This is a grassroots effort,” Presley said. “We get neighbors to sign up neighbors. We’re collecting these names and addresses to really put a face on the issue in communities, not only arbitrary numbers. We want to make sure every nook and cranny has the same quality of service. A family out in Cairo just as important as a family in a city.”

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com