InLine plans to collaborate with key state agencies in a public-private partnership to expand high speed Internet access in underserved areas of 28 counties in southern and central Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta.
These projects propose to build 900 miles of fiber optic middle mile broadband infrastructure and lease 400 more miles of existing commercial fiber in this economically troubled region to complete a fiber network with the capacity to upgrade as demand increases.
The South Central Mississippi Broadband Infrastructure Project and Mississippi Delta Broadband Infrastructure Project propose to:
- Connect 19 public school districts within the geographic area of the South Central Mississippi Consortium for Educational Excellence and Development with speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
- Connect 16 public school districts within the geographic area of the Delta Area Association for the Improvement of Schools with speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
- Streamline and improve the quality of healthcare by providing regional hospitals throughout the state with the bandwidth needed to share the large files associated with electronic medical records and various telemedicine applications.
- Enhance educational opportunities by linking regional schools to remote research tools, distance learning, and video conferencing.
- Enable intelligent transportation system upgrades such as real-time traffic monitoring and traffic flow management during emergency evacuations.
- Improve public safety by linking geographically disparate first responders and state agencies over an interoperable fiber-based system with remote video surveillance, security cameras, and remote fire monitoring.
- Mississippi Department of Transportation
- Delta State University
- South Central Mississippi Consortium for Educational Excellence and Development
- Delta Area Association for the Improvement of Schools
- Central Mississippi Regional Library System
- Southern Regional Educational Service Agency
- Delta Council
Bringing Broadband to Mississippi
Contact Network, doing business as InLine, has operated as an Internet service provider to small, medium, and large businesses and government agencies across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee since 1992. The company provides a variety of end-to-end network services over its wireline and wireless networks covering over 1,200 square miles in those states.