STARKVILLE — C Spire reports that a homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a second area of the city of Starkville over the weekend — helping it qualify for the company’s ultra-fast 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) fiber to the home Internet service and related digital TV and home phone services.
Starkville’s Timbercove, College Station and Polos fiberhood reached its 35 pre-registration target and now joins the South Montgomery fiberhood, which qualified late last month along with areas in the cities of Horn Lake and Ridgeland and the entire town of Quitman for service that promises Internet access up to 100 times faster than national average broadband speeds.
The five areas in the four cities now move into the next phase of the initiative where C Spire puts the finishing touches on engineering plans and starts construction of the fiber infrastructure that will serve as the platform for the next-generation services.
Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire, said, “Fiber to the home is a next-generation technology that will help Starkville and other Mississippi cities become hubs for future investment and growth.”
Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, who traveled around the country studying how a handful of other U.S. cities managed to gain similar technology in his efforts to get the technology in his town, said the latest progress shows that momentum is continuing to build as more residents show interest in the service.
“It’s exciting to see that we have qualified another area of the city for this ground-breaking service,” Wiseman said. “It’s encouraging to see that momentum is building because we want to ensure that we hit our goal of getting this service into every area of our town.”
Homeowner pre-registration began last December in Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville. The nine cities were selected by C Spire as finalists for the nation’s first and only statewide roll out of next-generation Internet access, premium HD digital television and home phone services.
Since that time, local government, community and business leaders in the nine Mississippi cities have rallied residents to pre-register at percentage levels that qualify their areas to be among the first for C Spire’s build out of the service.
The Timbercover area had made significant progress in recent days. With volunteers aggressively canvassing the fiberhood over the weekend, the city was able to qualify its second fiberhood over the weekend, according to Jared Baumann, brand product manager for C Spire’s consumer fiber services. More fiberhoods are expected to turn “green” in the coming weeks as efforts intensify in other C Spire Fiber cities.
Wiseman said, “When construction starts, that will be a very visible sign that this is happening. But when the technology becomes available in households, then it becomes something that you can experience and go tell your friends and neighbors about. It’s one thing to say that you have Internet 100 times faster than anything currently available on the market, but it’s quite another thing to experience it and see what it’s like up close and personal.”