|[February 17, 2014]
Three Mississippi Cities "Go Green" over the Weekend in Historic Milestone for C Spire's Fiber to the Home Initiative
RIDGELAND, Miss. --(Business Wire)--
C Spire announced today that homeowner pre-registration in three
Mississippi cities exceeded required thresholds - helping them become
the first to qualify for the company's ultra-fast 1 Gbps (Gigabit per
second) fiber to the home Internet service.
Residents in three fiberhoods - one each in the cities of Horn Lake and
Starkville and the entire town of Quitman - met or exceeded their
pre-registration targets over the weekend, paving the way for C Spire to
launch the engineering and construction phases of its historic fiber
optics technology initiative that promises Internet access up to 100
times faster than national average broadband speeds.
"Fiber to the home is a transformative technology, serving as a platform
for innovation and new Internet experiences that have yet to be
imagined," said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire. "We're truly
impressed with the early and strong support for this initiative and we
look forward to demonstrating the power of Internet at the speed of
light as we turn up service in the first C Spire Fiber cities in
Mississippi. This initiative is a great example of what can be
accomplished when cities, communities and business leaders work together
to move Mississippi forward."
Nine Mississippi Cities Part of Initial Phase of Ultra-fast Fiber
to the Home Initiative
Homeowner pre-registration for the service began last December in
Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman,
Ridgeland and Starkville, who were selected by C Spire as finalists for
the nation's first and only statewide roll out of next-generation
Internet access, premium HD digital television and home phone services.
Since that time, local government, community and business leaders in the
nine Mississippi cities have rallied residents to pre-register for the
service at percentage levels that would qualify their areas to be among
the first for C Spire's build out of the service. All of the cities have
campaigns underway and many are making steady progress, but efforts in
three cities paid early dividends over the weekend.
With community volunteers canvassing neighborhoods over the weekend,
Horn Lake qualified its first fiberhood (Allen) and was followed quickly
by the city of Quitman and the South Montgomery fiberhood in Starkville,
according to Jared Baumann, brand product manager for C Spire's consumer
fiber services. Ridgeland is expected to turn its first fiberhood
"green" later this week and become the fourth city to qualify for the
"It's very exciting for our city," said Horn Lake Mayor Alan Latimer.
"This technology will put us at the front of the line for higher-paying
jobs, more technology investment and a btter quality of life." Horn
Lake and other parts of DeSoto County are among the state's fastest
Quitman Mayor Eddie Fulton, who recruited an army of community,
education and neighborhood volunteers to help his Clarke County town
qualify for the service, said C Spire's initiative is the most important
development in the last half century for his city. "It's a God send …
we're ecstatic to say the least. Having fiber optics in our city is a
tremendous gateway to the future and will open the door to opportunities
we could only dream about before."
Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, who traveled around the country
studying how a handful of other U.S. cities managed to gain similar
technology, said the three cities' progress represents "a historic
moment" for Mississippi. "It's really incredible to know that we get to
share this moment and that this will be the first multi-city deployment
of Gigabit service in the U.S. It's not every day that you get to be
part of something that is truly groundbreaking and game-changing."
Horn Lake, Quitman and Starkville mayors vow to continue
pre-registration efforts for 1 Gig service
Latimer, Fulton and Wiseman all said they intend to continue efforts to
sign up the remaining areas in their cities for Gigabit infrastructure.
"We're in this for the long haul and we will continue to work hard to
get every one of our 15 fiberhoods qualified for this service," Latimer
"We signed up over 100 residents on Saturday alone and have over half of
our town, but I let everybody know that our job is not done just because
we exceeded our percentage goal," Fulton said. "We need to keep pushing
for more pre-registrations because I want 100 percent of our town to
experience the benefits of this infrastructure."
"This is just the start," Wiseman said. "We have nine other fiberhoods
in our city and by the time we are finished, we plan to have all of them
over the percentage threshold and successfully in the program. We'll
take a moment to celebrate getting over our first hurdle, but we'll get
right back to work to ensure that this service gets extended everywhere
in our community."
Pre-registration remains open in all nine C Spire fiber cities.
Residents are required to make a $10 refundable deposit and indicate
their interest for specific services.
For C Spire customers, the 1 Gbps Internet access will be available for
$70 a month, $90 a month for combined Internet and home phone, $130 a
month for Internet and digital TV and $150 a month for the entire
package of all three services. Non customers will be required to pay an
additional $10 a month on all packages.
"There's a tremendous amount of excitement in each of these communities
and a strong desire to be among the first to receive the 1 Gig Internet
service to the home," Meena said. "We're looking forward to bringing
tomorrow's technology to these Mississippi communities today because we
know that this service has the power to transform communities into hubs
for technology investment, economic growth and job creation."
Baumann said C Spire hopes to start turning up 1 Gig service in the
first C Spire Fiber neighborhoods by this summer. The service is
expected to pave the way for improvements in the areas of healthcare,
education, civic life, municipal services and economic growth.
To learn more about C Spire's Fiber to the Home initiative, visit www.cspire.com/fiberhome.
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services
company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless
communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full
suite of Internet, wireless and Internet and data services for
businesses. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news.
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