The race is on. Throughout Saltillo – and other locales – several companies are hanging and laying fiber optic cable to provide high-speed internet to residents.
What began last year with the Mississippi legislature’s passage of a bill allowing electric cooperatives to provide the service to its member-customers has turned into a horserace. At least four provider companies – Tombigbee Electric Power Association, AT&T, C Spire and MaxxSouth – have completed or are nearing completion of their quest to build the fiber-optic infrastructure throughout all or part of Saltillo.
Fiber optic cable is the gold standard for internet access and other applications such as phone and television; most folks have not had access to it in the past. Subcontractor crews have been busy in Saltillo for months, now. In most of the city of about 5,000, overhead cable has been being installed on power poles while several subdivisions where underground utilities serve