September 29, 2009 9:46:00 AM
Working since June with a consortium of 41 Mississippi counties currently under-served with the technology, officials with the Noxubee Economic and Community Development Alliance have launched an initiative to provide high-speed Internet access to all residents of Noxubee County.
In August, the consortium submitted an application seeking a portion of federal stimulus funding dedicated to high-speed Internet access in rural or under-served areas, said Alliance officials.
"Access to high-speed Internet is as important today for economic development as access to electricity and paved roads once were," said Brian Wilson, Alliance executive director. "Greater access is essential for us to diversify our economy and attract new residents. Even the limited number of residents and businesses who currently have access should benefit. Competition tends to drive down prices and improve service."
The Noxubee Alliance is a public-private partnership for the promotion of economic development, tourism and community development in Noxubee County.