A local coalition is helping to connect the Internet in Stone County | Jobs Recent


WIGGINS, Miss. (WLOX) – For those living in rural areas, connecting to the Internet can be a foggy proposition. However, Pearl River Valley Electric is working to eliminate that with its Pearl-Comm Fiber plan.

It’s a rigorous, five-year plan to get 100% of its service area customers connected to the net, including those in Stone County and Wiggins.

“We serve a lot of rural areas in South Mississippi and those people need it, just like the people in the cities,” said Matthew Ware, CEO of Pearl-Comm Fiber. “We are happy about it. We look at it very much like we did 80 years ago, when we brought light to those in rural Mississippi. It will be something that changes lives for years to come. We think this will change the way people work, do school, and medicine.”

It's a rigorous, five-year plan to get 100% of their service area customers connected to...
It’s a rigorous, five-year plan to get 100% of its service area customers connected to the net, including those in Stone County and Wiggins.(Bill Snyder)

They tell us right now they have 2,700 customers connected, and 1,650 miles of that internet fiber already in place.

“It’s another tool in our toolbox, as I like to say. That access has become more important as people have water, sewer, and all utilities,” said Betsy Rowell, executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. “That’s on the list now. This is our game changer. Many of our people live in the countryside. this connects them in a way they never had before.”

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