Noxapater receives visit from Presley

From staff and press reports

Noxapater officials and residents had an opportunity to discuss issues with Brandon Presley, Northern District public service commissioner.

Presley held a rural community meeting at Noxapater Park on Thursday, September 27.

A good crowd of people met Presley, who is traveling across North Mississippi in all 33 counties in his district to hold informational town meetings.

Presley, who is serving his second term of office, is strong advocate of lower utility bills, and wants to keep the people informed and up to date with the these town meetings. He discussed utilities; no call list and cell phone issues facing residents and took questions.

Presley stressed that the Mississippi Public Service Commission governs and regulates the utility companies, such as power companies, phone and internet companies, and even the rural water associations, and ensures they are operating under laws and regulations.

Presley said he wanted to remind the people, “You who are served by these companies are the owners.”

He discussed the Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights that he was instrumental in getting passed in 2010, which states the rights customers of the utility companies have.

He also discussed the Zap the Gap program, and that is when questions were asked about the failure of cell phone customers having trouble getting a connection in some spots.

As part of the improvement in the cell service T-Mobile has won a grant to improve Winston County service. See related article in today’s edition.

Presley also discussed the Kemper County mine project with some attendees and rates related to it and project possibilities.