By Chris Wack

Orbital Energy Group Inc. said its Gibson Technical Services subsidiary has been awarded a project for 700 miles of engineering and construction turnkey services across central Mississippi to be completed over the next four years for TEC of Jackson Inc.

The company said GTS began the first engineering phase of the project in April, with construction slated to start in June.

The Project is being funded with both private TEC capital and from the federal government’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund for rural fiber buildouts.

The RDOF extends the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund and will provide $20.4 billion in funding over a ten-year period to support broadband networks in rural communities across the country. This partnership between TEC and

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