REILY: C Spire’s fast fiber has the nation chasing behind Mississippi

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Published: September 27,2013

Tags: Business, economic development, education, technology

MBJ Editor Ross Reily

MBJ Editor Ross Reily

While there are still many questions to be answered regarding this week’s announcement from C Spire that it is going to offer home internet service about 100 times faster than the industry norm, the fact is the Ridgeland-based company keeps pushing the envelope in regard to business and technology.

For that, Mississippians should be proud.

It is exciting for one of our biggest and most successful companies to be known as forward thinking.

“Slow internet is a thing of the past, C Spire Brand Product manager Jared Baumann said during the press conference at C Spire’s world headquarters in Ridgeland.

Just think, Mississippi is going to go from a state known for one of the lowest percentages of households with internet access to the state with the fastest internet in the nation.

Educational opportunities will be better.

Healthcare opportunities will be better.

Municipal services will be better.

Business and job growth will be better.

The fiber, of which much has already been laid, will give Mississippi an edge in recruiting business, particularly technology-driven businesses, start-ups and home-based small businesses that provide innovation and job growth.

While there are other cities — like Kansas City and Chattanooga, Tenn. — which have the Google version of this fast fiber, C Spire is going to be offering the entire state of Mississippi the option.

That leaves Silicon Valley chasing Mississippi and it leaves many of the nation’s technology giants chasing C Spire.

In fact, the praise is already coming in.

“It’s companies like C Spire that are making the right and necessary investments in fiber optic infrastructure so our nation can once again become a high-speed super power,” says Heather Gold, president of the Fiber To The Home Council Americas, a non-profit association comprised of companies and organizations that deliver and manufacture high-bandwidth.

We don’t know how much it is going to cost yet. However, Baumann promises it will be competitive.

We aren’t sure exactly when it will be available but C Spire says it is likely to be early in 2014.

And we don’t know which Mississippi town will be the first to have the new service. That will be decided in the coming months.

But what we do know is that C Spire continues to put Mississippi on the map for the right reasons, leaving the rest of us to be proud of what Mississippians have accomplished and what we continue to accomplish.

 

» Contact MBJ editor Ross Reily at 601-364-1018 or ross.reily@msbusiness.com

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