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Ultra-speed Internet could fast-track South Miss. economy

BILOXI — The idea of ultra-fast broadband Internet service as an economic driver started with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and is rapidly spreading across South Mississippi.

Biloxi City Attorney Gerald Blessey said Tuesday that Coast mayors will meet soon to discuss the idea of creating a Mississippi Gulf Coast Fiber Ring that would provide Internet access to every home, business and public space at a super-fast 1 gigabit per second.

The Sun Herald reports the idea is to link South Mississippi with fiber optic cable in a circle along Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 and then provide access to each city, which would determine its own service and rates.

Blessey says the network could create opportunities and jobs in education, health care, film and many other industries.

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