C Spire, Entergy Complete Broadband Infrastructure Project in Rural Mississippi

  • C Spire Fiber
  • Entergy

BRANDON, MS — C Spire, which builds and operates its own fiber network in Mississippi, has announced the completion of an $11 million all-fiber infrastructure project with Entergy, an integrated energy company that delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in the South, that paves the way for advanced broadband internet services in rural areas of Mississippi.

The broadband infrastructure project will positively impact the state's economy, education and healthcare sectors while meeting the voice and data communications needs of consumers and businesses in the Magnolia state.

The project spans over 300 miles and 15 counties in some of the most rural, isolated areas of the state and highlight a historic engineering feat that is allowing contractors to finish the18-month construction project this month. Construction crews this week drilled 40 feet below the mud line under the lake bottom to place conduit and connect a 6,585 linear foot section of the last remaining span between Highway 43 on the south end of the reservoir and Pipeline Road on the north end of the lake, which serves as the state's largest drinking water resource.

The span is the longest in C Spire history, eclipsing a 6,000 linear foot span the Mississippi-based diversified telecommunications and technology services firm built to restore essential communications in Smithville, a North Mississippi town virtually destroyed by an EF5 tornado in 2011 that killed 16 people, injured 41 and destroyed 117 homes and damaged another 50 buildings.

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