RIDGELAND — C Spire’s initiative to bring ultra-fast 1 Gbps fiber to the home Internet service to Mississippi continues this week with the launch of customized web pages that allow residents in nine finalist cities to pre-register for the next-generation technology.
The company launched the pre-registration phase Wednesday for the nation’s first and only statewide roll out of the 1 Gig 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. 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.
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.
The finalist cities were selected last month by a C Spire review panel that considered factors like proximity to the company’s fiber optic infrastructure, community mobilization capabilities and incentives to speed up the construction process and reduce overall costs. The application review process was monitored and the individual and overall results tabulated by Ridgeland-based HORNE LLP.