Broadband for Broad Impact: The Rapid Delivery and Adoption of Broadband in Rural Alabama


Tombigbee Electric Cooperative serves rural northwest Alabama, an area that once had virtually no access to high speed internet service. To meet the community’s needs, Tombigbee EC undertook an ambitious project to implement broadband and enable access across their service area. This session will look at the social and economic impacts of the project, the rapid adoption rates, community reaction to the project, and further impact on area businesses, education opportunities, and overall quality of life.


  • Steve Foshee – General Manager – Tombigbee Electric Cooperative
  • Bridget Machovec – Broadband Solutions Analyst – SEDC