RIDGELAND — C Spire’s ultra-high speed 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) fiber to the home initiative in Mississippi has been selected by Broadband Communities for a 2014 Cornerstone Award.
C Spire executives were honored during a special awards program attended by over 1,000 broadband industry leaders at the 2014 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas.
Presented annually since 2004, the Cornerstone Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by private developments, municipalities, communities, companies, and individuals in delivering broadband over fiber for the benefit of the end user. The awards have included recognition for the most notable deployments of Fiber-to-the-Home and next-generation access technologies in the U.S. and abroad.
“Fiber to the Home is a transformative technology, serving as a platform for innovation and new Internet experiences that have yet to be imagined,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire. “We thank Broadband Communities for this recognition and look forward to showing the world that Mississippi is ready to become a hub for technology investment, economic growth and job creation.”
In their comments, a panel of industry leaders who served as Cornerstone judges praised C Spire for its “creative engagement” with Mississippi cities, towns and communities in pursuing the next-generation broadband technology initiative.
“C Spire is sharing the valuable message that fiber to the home has the power to raise property values and transform communities into hubs for technology investment and economic growth,” said Scott DeGarmo, president and CEO of Broadband Communities.
DeGarmo said C Spire’s news conferences and town hall meetings last year to kick off the initiative created excitement and inspired local government, community and business leaders to rally their towns to participate and partner with the company. “We’re hopeful that this dynamic initiative in Mississippi will energize citizens, communities and organizations across the country to pursue similar efforts.”
Nine Mississippi cities, including Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville, were selected by C Spire last November for the nation’s first and only statewide roll out of the game-changing technology, which promises Internet access up to 100 times faster than national average broadband speeds.
Homeowner pre-registration began last December. Since that time, local government, community and business leaders have rallied residents in four of the cities to pre-register at levels that qualify their areas to be among the first for C Spire’s build out of the service. Efforts are underway in the remaining cities as well and they continue to make steady progress.
Meena said the strong support and engagement from cities is the primary reason for the initiative’s success and for the recognition from the Broadband Communities organization. “This initiative is a great example of what can be accomplished when cities, communities and business leaders work together to move Mississippi forward,” he said.