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3 cities clinch C Spire ultra-fast fiber
by Jebb Johnston
Feb 20, 2014 | 202 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A big weekend for C Spire’s Fiber to the Home initiative saw three Mississippi cities hit the required numbers to get gigabit per second Internet service.

They are the entire town of Quitman, the Allen area of Horn Lake and the South Montgomery area of Starkville. South Montgomery leads the way with 49 percent saturation, followed by Quitman at 48 percent and Allen at 45 percent.

Preregistration continues in all of the nine eligible cities, including Corinth, where supporters of the cause do not intend to get left behind. A combination of students and other volunteers are set to knock on many doors in the city on Saturday.

“We’re hoping to make a lot of headway on that day,” said John Orman, a supporter of the campaign. “We’re kind of disappointed that we weren’t first, but it’s not like we don’t have a chance.”

Corinth’s north fiberhood is at 8 percent (45 percent required); central has moved up to 3 percent in the last few days (35 percent required); and south is at 1 percent (35 percent required).

It appears that Corinth needs roughly 600 more signups in the north and 700 more in the central section.

Those going door-to-door will wear C Spire shirts and carry iPads to complete the signup process. They will hit the streets at 9 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.

Accommodations are being made for people who do not want to give their credit card number. A $10 refundable deposit is required to preregister.

Horn Lake’s fiberhood crossed the finish line first this past weekend as volunteers gathered signups in neighborhoods. Quitman and then Starkville’s fiberhood also hit their targets during the weekend. Based on the current numbers, Ridgeland is expected to be the fourth city to have a fiberhood reach its target.

Quitman, a small town of 2,300, signed up more than 100 people on Saturday.

C Spire hopes to launch the service in these communities by summer.

The statewide rollout of fiber is the first of its kind, offering super-fast residential Internet speeds only available in a small handful of cities across the country.

“We’re truly impressed with the early and strong support for this initiative,” said C Spire President and CEO Hu Meena in a news release, “and we look forward to demonstrating the power of Internet at the speed of light as we turn up service in the first C Spire Fiber cities in Mississippi.”

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