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What is e-BEAT?

The Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (e-BEAT) was created as part of a grant from the Governor's office to help Mississippians use broadband and information technology to further community and economic development opportunities.

Through this project, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, six regional Extension broadband coordinators work with area residents to develop local solutions and learn the skills needed to get their neighbors online. Greater broadband use can lead to better educational opportunities, a more highly skilled workforce, enhanced quality of life, and improved access to health care and public services in Mississippi.

Latest News

City of Columbus now has a website

The city of Columbus now has a website thanks to the work of the MSU Extension Service and MS Interactive. Check it out at http://www.thecityofcolumbus.ms.gov

Magnolia State ranks last in Internet accessibility, census shows

Mississippi is at the bottom of the list when it comes to Internet accessibility in the home, the U.S. Census Bureau's latest Current Population Survey shows. Read more...

The City of Ripley, Miss., Now Offers Convenient Online Payments

The City of Ripley, Miss., is pleased to announce the release of its new online payment portal. This service provides the citizens of Ripley a convenient way to pay city court fines, water and gas bills, and park and recreation fees. The service is easily accessible from the city’s new website, www.ripley.ms.gov. Read more...

Summary of regional plans are now available! Please go to your region to download the summary!

Upcoming Trainings/Meetings

Jackson - 2014 Social Media Trends - April 23
Columbia - Library Staff Training - April 28
Liberty - Safety Day Camp - May 1
Clinton - MS Office Tips & Techniques - May 2
Vicksburg - Broadband Availability Forum - May 6
Pearl - eTech Conference - May 8

Social Media Policy for Local Governments

An increasing number of cities are using social media in an effort to greatly enhance their ability to get information out to the public in a fast and efficient manner. However, only a handful of local governments have social media policies in place to regulate its use. This document, prepared by the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University provides a series of social media policy recommendations after reviewing policies from other cities in the nation. To download the document click here.