High-speed internet is here!

Pilot Project Coming to Pearl River County

Coast Electric Power Association has been awarded a grant that will bring high-speed internet service to residents in northern Pearl River County, the most unserved and underserved area of the cooperative’s service territory.

In July of 2020, Coast Electric, along with 14 other electric cooperatives in Mississippi, submitted grant applications for broadband high-speed internet pilot projects through the state, funded by the federal CARES Act coronavirus recovery plan.

The Mississippi State Legislature set aside $65 million in matching funds for broadband deployment by electric cooperatives throughout the state. This grant funding will be awarded through the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff.

This pilot project is a small-scale venture that will help the cooperative determine and evaluate the feasibility of providing broadband service to other areas of its service territory.

The pilot project will target more than 3,700 members served by the Derby and Crossroads substations in northern Pearl River County. Those served by the Derby substation will be the first to receive service by the end of 2020. Those served by Crossroads will be in the second phase of the project. 

As part of the requirement for receiving CARES Act funds, pilot projects are moving quickly with service being available to those served by the Derby substation later this fall. Members served by Crossroads will be in phase two of the pilot project. 

Fiber optics give us the ability to serve you with state-of-the-art broadband service. We will offer two options, 100 Mbs for $54.95 and 1 Gbs for $84.95, with a router and managed Wi-Fi included. The service will be the same for upload and download speeds, without a data cap. 

Visit www.CoastConnect.com to choose your package.

Members served by the Derby substation - which includes the areas highlighted in yellow - will be in the first phase of our pilot project. The second phase of the project will include members served by our Crossroads substation.

Hot Spots Now Available in Pearl River County

Coast Electric Power Association is now offering free high-speed wireless internet hot spots in northern Pearl River County in conjunction with our broadband pilot project funded by a federal CARES Act grant. 

These hot spots are available from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. for our members, neighbors and friends to practice social distancing while also accessing the internet.

Locations include: 

The Corner Store
8967 Hwy. 11 South
Poplarville, MS

Cale's Healthy Way
10155 Hwy. 11
Poplarville, MS

Duval's Quick Stop
9797 Hwy. 11
Poplarville, MS

White Sand Baptist Church
2037 Hwy. 26 W
Poplarville, MS

  • Open your Wi-Fi settings.
  • Select the “CoastConnect” wireless network.
  • No password is necessary.
  • Accept the terms and conditions.

Hot spots are running at a speed of 100 mbps. 

  • Please remain in your vehicle while accessing the hot spot.
  • Never leave children unattended in the vehicles.
  • Users not following the rules could be asked to leave the parking lot.
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