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2 Mississippi cooperatives are first to set internet plans

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi electric cooperatives are announcing plans to create subsidiaries to offer high-speed internet, months after state legislators passed a law allowing the rural electric providers to enter the business.

Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association, based in Batesville, announced its plans Friday. Tombigbee Electric Power Association announced its plans Saturday at its annual meeting in Tupelo.

Tallahatchie Valley says a contractor will start stringing fiber optic cable next month and that build-out should take about four years. Tallahatchie Valley Board Chairman Will Hays said the cooperative began evaluating needs and determining the feasibility of offering services immediately after the law passed.

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