STARKVILLE — Homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a third area of the city of Starkville this week, helping it qualify for C Spire’s 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) fiber to the home Internet service and related digital TV and home phone services.
Starkville’s Cotton District fiberhood, which includes downtown and the central business district, reached its 45 percent pre-registration target and now joins the South Montgomery and Timbercove fiberhoods, which qualified earlier this year for the service.
The three areas in Starkville, along with four areas in the cities of Horn Lake, Starkville and the entire town of Quitman, will be the first in Mississippi with Internet access up to 100 times faster than national average broadband speeds.
Construction started earlier this month in the South Montgomery area of Starkville and is scheduled to begin soon in the other two areas of the city that have qualified for the service. C Spire Fiber crews began laying fiber optic cable for last mile connections in Ridgeland last month and in Quitman earlier this month.
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 infrastructure in his town, said the latest area to qualify was an important addition in the city’s push to get the game-changing technology in all 10 of its fiberhoods.
“This is the cultural center of our city and the first area that’s not entirely residential to qualify for the service,” Wiseman said, noting the Cotton District fiberhood has a mixture of single-family homes, multi-family residences and businesses. “I’m excited that we will be bringing this advanced technology capability into downtown Starkville and about the new opportunities for creative, innovative uses of all that C Spire Fiber to the Home has to offer.”
Wiseman said several other parts of the city are continuing to make good progress and are expected to qualify for the next-generation technology in the near future, including the Hiwassee and the Oktibbeha Gardens fiberhoods. “Hopefully, as construction continues and as consumers begin to experience the service, the momentum will continue to build in those areas and throughout the city.”
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 will qualify their areas to be among the first for C Spire’s build out of the service. All of the cities have campaigns underway and many are making good progress, but Wiseman said grassroots efforts in Starkville are really starting to reap huge dividends.
Pre-registration remains open in all nine C Spire fiber cities.