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Jackson qualifies two more areas for C Spire’s Home Internet technology initiative

c_spire_cmyk-JACKSON – Homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in two more areas of Mississippi’s largest city this week – helping Jackson expand eligibility for C Spire’s 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) Fiber to the Home Internet service and related SuperTM HD TV and home phone services.

Jackson’s Highlands East-Meadowbrook Highlands-Fontaine and Country Club fiberhoods reached their pre-registration targets this week and now join the Belhaven Northeast, Eastover and Fondren East fiberhoods, which qualified for the next-generation suite of services earlier this month.

The Ridgeland-based telecommunications and technology services company expects to finish engineering and begin construction this summer in the two latest fiberhoods to qualify for the next-generation services. Commercial service is expected to be available later this year in both areas.

Meanwhile, C Spire is continuing to work with the city to provide free Gigabit Internet access at two municipal community centers to help Jackson residents learn more about the benefits of 100 times faster fiber-based broadband Internet access and related services.

The technology program, which will help the city expand its computer learning lab at the Johnnie C. Champion Community Center and offer digital literacy classes at the Medgar Evers Community Center, is expected to begin in June.

Online pre-registration began in Jackson last fall. Since that time, several thousand residents throughout the city have expressed their interest in the suite of game-changing services by making $10 refundable deposits and providing credit card information.

“We’re impressed with the momentum in Jackson and consumers’ growing excitement for Internet at the speed of light,” said Suzy Hays, senior vice president of Consumer Markets for C Spire. “Fiber to the home is a transformative technology that can serve as a platform for technology investment, economic growth and job creation.”

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said the latest progress shows that momentum is growing as more residents are educated and learn about the opportunity to invest in the city’s future.

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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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