Mississippi Residents Urged to Preregister for 1 Gbps Internet

  • C Spire
RIDGELAND, MS - C Spire’s initiative to bring 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home Internet service to Mississippi shifted into high gear this week with the launch of customized web pages that allow thousands of residents in nine finalist cities to pre-register for the next generation technology.

The company launched the pre-registration phase on Wednesday for the nation’s first and only statewide rollout of the 1 Gbps service, which promises Internet access up to 100 times faster than national average broadband speeds for residents in each of the nine Mississippi cities in the initial phase. These cities and towns were among 33 municipalities that submitted formal applications in late October to be the first to bring the technology of tomorrow to their communities today.

Residents in Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville can now pre-register for the ultra-fast Internet as well as related digital television and home phone services. All nine cities approved franchise agreements with C Spire to pave the way for the start of the pre-registration phase this week.

Individuals will need to make a $10 refundable deposit and provide credit card information when they pre-register on their respective site. The web page for each city also features detailed, interactive maps of fiberhoods showing what percentage of residents need to pre-register to turn the area “green” and qualify for build out of the service.

Fiberhood Progress Bars Track Registration
There are also progress bars for each fiberhood that will be updated daily to help residents get a “real time” snapshot of their success in getting neighbors, friends and others who live nearby to pre-register for the service. Registration percentage goals for the 80 fiberhoods in the nine cities vary between 35 and 45 percent.

“As soon as a critical number of neighborhoods have reached their percentage goals in a fiberhood, C Spire plans to begin construction – so there is a possibility that work could commence in more than one community at the same time,” said Gregg Logan, senior vice president of C Spire Fiber.

“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 Gbps Internet service to the home,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire. “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 and economic growth.”

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