By NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will kick off a “Connecting Rural North Mississippi” tour today to highlight north Mississippi rural communities’ need for wireless telephone coverage.
Presley also has invited representatives from the wireless industry to attend the public meetings to hear directly from customers who have little or no wireless service in their area.
The first meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Harmontown Baptist Church in Lafayette County; the second will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in Kossuth at Kossuth Elementary School; at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in Cayson-Carolina Community Center; and at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in Water Valley at the Yalobusha County Courthouse.
During the tour, Presley will visit the top areas which were identified in “Zap the Gap” surveys his office sought from the public, which were designed to identify areas with little or no service. More than 1,800 individual surveys from north Mississippi residents have been filed with the Public Service Commission regarding poor wireless service.
“Rural communities in Mississippi deserve good wireless service as much as metropolitan areas.” Presley said. “I want to draw the attention of the wireless industry to the issues in rural communities to make sure they know the problems the people are facing and make sure something is being done to fix it.”
Residents wishing to submit complaints are encouraged to visit the PSC’s website at www.psc.state.ms.us and click the tab for “Zap the Gap” for more information.