C Spire to Bring Fiber Internet to Mississippi’s DeSoto County


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SOUTHAVEN, MS — Parts of DeSoto County, Mississippi, and three of its major cities are the latest markets for C Spire's next-generation residential fiber-to-the-home program, which features gigabit speed internet access, live streaming TV and premium digital home phone service.

C Spire Home Services, the unit that manages the company's residential fiber program, is beginning work this week to install the ultra-fast broadband infrastructure in the first Southaven neighborhoods with plans to expand the program to include fiberhoods in Olive BranchHernando and parts of the county's unincorporated area later this summer.

The company plans to turn up service to the first customers in August and will pass 20,000 homes in the state's third most populous county by the end of the year. The addition of DeSoto County and the three cities brings the number of markets participating in the company's FTTH initiative to 20, one of the largest programs of its type in the U.S.

Streaming Digital Commercial TV Service
The first customers to receive the services not only will experience a quantum leap in broadband internet speeds and capacity, but also get access to digital home phone service and an app-based, live streaming digital commercial TV service. C Spire TV delivers advanced cable TV features in convenient and simple apps that are designed to run on popular streaming devices, such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Apple TV – eliminating the need to outfit every TV in the home with a set top box and saving several hundred dollars a year in rental fees.

The DeSoto County residential fiber program is leveraging new infrastructure additions in key areas in Northwest Mississippi to C Spire's nearly 9,000 route miles of backbone fiber optic cable that spans the state. Recent nationwide studies have concluded that gigabit speed fiber-optic connections like those provided by C Spire Home Services can add $5,437 (3.1 percent) to the price of a $175,000 home – about as much as a fireplace, or half the value of a bathroom.

C Spire Fiber Reaches 20 Mississippi Markets with Fiber
With the addition of unincorporated areas of DeSoto CountySouthavenOlive Branch and Hernando, C Spire has rolled out gigabit internet access and related services in 20 Mississippi markets, boosting overall broadband connection speeds in the state by 200 percent since 2014.  The suite of services is competitively priced and is expected to pave the way for a boom in smart home applications and innovation.

Residential fiber is part of the C Spire Tech Movement initiative, which is committed to moving communities forward through technology with a focus on broadband access, workforce development and innovation.




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