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We often hear citizens complain that elected leaders just aren’t doing enough to move Corinth forward.

Right now, a rare opportunity is knocking on Corinth’s door, and whether the community seizes the opportunity rests mostly in the hands of ordinary citizens, not elected leaders.

That opportunity is C Spire’s Fiber to the Home service, which makes 1 gigabit per second Internet service available to residential customers. Only a handful of cities across the entire country have that kind of speed available for home use, and deployment in Corinth would give the city a competitive advantage in the hunt for business and industry.

We believe it’s important to understand that everyone stands to benefit from the launch of this service.

Those who are content with DSL or cable broadband should note that those services will almost certainly improve when a faster competitor comes to town. It happened in Kansas City, Kansas, when Google Fiber service launched there.

For those who do want the faster service, the fiber pipe will deliver blazing speeds (up to 100 times faster than average broadband speeds) at a competitive price. There’s no usage cap, and C Spire says customers will see no decrease in speed during the peak usage times when everybody is at home using the Internet. Want to stream movies in high-definition all day with no buffering? Have at it.

More important, however, is the bigger picture — the potential boost for Corinth in terms of image and innovation.

Gigabit service is a hot, trendy topic fueled by the launch in recent years of Google Fiber, and it will inevitably bring positive attention to the communities getting it. C Spire’s Mississippi rollout — the first of its kind — has already gained substantial media attention, and there will be more to come.

The service will give local officials a big selling point as they attempt to bring industry and business to the Corinth area. Anyone involved in that process will agree that any little edge the city gains can become critical in today’s intensely competitive environment. The allure of gigabit speeds will make Fiber to the Home a huge bullet point alongside great schools and medical care.

At this point, Corinth will not be the first in Mississippi to get the service. But the door is still open, and the community should not let this important opportunity slip by. We challenge everyone who believes in the great potential of this service to make sure that family and friends understand the benefits and encourage them to sign up. If everyone reading this gets just one other person to sign up, we can reach the target numbers for our “fiberhoods.” The cost is a refundable $10.

Let’s not allow this to become something we look back on in regret a few years down the road as we lament that others have passed us by.

Daily Corinthian

(To sign up, visit cspire.com/corinth. To get involved in supporting the fiber effort, contact Andrea Rose at The Alliance at 287-5269.)
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