MaxxSouth Brings Fiber Internet Service to Starkville, Miss.

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STARKVILLE, MS — Almost 8,000 Starkville homes will have first access to MaxxSouth 1 gigabit, fiber Internet service by mid-to-late October as the company plans to activate the infrastructure phases, as reported in an article in The Dispatch. Nearby areas already receive gigabit services from C Spire.

The article covered an announcement made by MaxxSouth Broadband President and CEO Peter Kahelin who said the service is now ready to transfer from the engineering and testing phases to active service in the Cotton District and the Hiawassee area near the hospital, which will initially expose 3,500 homes.

The rest of the text of The Dispatch article written by Carl Smith follows:
Other neighborhoods - including Green Oaks, Oktibbeha Gardens, Timbercove and South Montgomery - will come online in rapid succession.

Engineering efforts will continue in other Starkville neighborhoods this year. While Kahelin did not say the company has a timeline to finish the entire city's build, he did say it is looking to expand to outlying county areas - 16th Section Road, south of Poorhouse Road and Diamond Cove, specifically - that have enough customers to make the service - the cost to build out the infrastructure - a viable step for MaxxSouth.

The company is also willing to directly link fiber access to large apartment complexes that have bulk agreements with MaxxSouth, he said.

"(County expansion) to us seems like a natural fit. Our job is to serve the whole community. There might only be three people on a street that wants the service, but we're going to build to the entire area because that's our commitment," he said. "We have 3,500 homes ready to go to market right now. Every week, we'll be adding more. We'll hit the 4,500 mark quickly, and it will just grow from there. You're looking at 7,800 homes done in a very short time."

The month-to-month cost for the 1 gigabit residential service is $77.95. Kahelin said MaxxSouth will also offer yearly contracts for the services at a slightly discounted rate: $69.95 per month.

The company will keep its traditional Internet packages, while officials explore different tiers of speeds and costs with the fiber option, he said.

"Things change month to month. We're not going to lock you into something that might be great today, but you might want to consider something different in the future," Kahelin said. "A good cable company is a partnership. We need to do our job. If we're not, then you should have the right to walk away. It keeps us on our toes and it means we don't take you for granted.

Starkville quickly became one of the few cities in the U.S. to have two 1 gigabit Internet service providers battling for customers after C Spire and MaxxSouth pledged to expand their infrastructure in the last two years.

The city is expected to partition a portion of its access and dedicate it toward improving public Wi-Fi connections in the downtown area.


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