The meeting, hosted by the City of Corinth with the Corinth School District and C Spire, begins at 6 p.m. Monday in the Corinth High School Auditorium.
Alliance President Gary Chandler said the meeting is an opportunity for residents to hear directly from C Spire representatives about what comes next in the launch of the company's 1 gigabit Fiber to the Home Internet Service in Corinth. He encourages everyone to come out and learn more about the next steps in the process.
The city was announced earlier this month as one of nine finalists to be the first community in the state to launch the revolutionary home Internet service which will bring speeds as much as 100 times faster than the average current broadband Internet connection using direct fiber optic connections to the home. The speeds will allow near instantaneous loading of web pages and extremely fast downloads and uploads, eliminating the lags currently experienced at times when streaming digital content.
City leaders have lauded the service as an enormous positive for the community which will benefit residents, schools and businesses and put Corinth on the map as a center for technology in the state.
Chandler said C Spire representatives will unveil Monday a map of "fiberhoods" within the city which will then compete to be the first area to receive the new service. Each household in the areas will be asked to go to a website set up by C Spire and register by placing a $10 refundable deposit to indicate their desire to enroll in the service when it becomes available. The company will choose the fiberhood with the highest concentration of signups to begin deployment of the service.
There's a lot of interest in the community about the service and Chandler believes the rollout will see a huge surge of customers looking to be the first to get access to the revolutionary connection. During the application phase to be chosen as a finalist Corinth residents were asked to express their desire for the service by signing up with C Spire to request the city be chosen. Chandler said they saw a huge response to that initial effort.
"There seems to be a really strong interest. We've had a very large number of signups in our community. We believe that the interest is there," he said.
The website address and the date signups can begin will be announced during the meeting.
Along with Internet access, C Spire will use the fiber optic connections to offer television and home phone service. C Spire representatives at the meeting will discuss pricing for all services and provide a detailed look at the services and product packages that will be available as well as the channel lineup for the digital television service.
Representatives will also be available to answer questions from residents about the new service.
Chandler said the meeting will be an excellent chance for all those interested in the initiative to come together to learn more about the next phase of the project and be ready to "hit the ground running" when the registration process kicks off.