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Comcast announces gigabit internet service Jackson

Comcast announced today that it is launching a new internet service that will deliver speeds up to one gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers in Jackson. Starting in late May 2018, Comcast will begin delivering these super-fast speeds using the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes. The gigabit service will be among the fastest and most ...

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C Spire event offers windows to the future

By JACK WEATHERLY To hear Randi Zuckerberg tell it, she has achieved her career goals in spite of herself. Of course, it didn’t hurt that she had help early in her career from her famous brother, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief officer of Facebook. But Randi really wanted to be a performer. However, that got torpedoed when a performing arts ...

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TODD SMITH — The internet is good for society, smart phone online engagement vaults in Pew survey 

Americans tend to view the impact of the internet and other digital technologies on their own lives in largely positive ways, Pew Research Center surveys have shown through the years. A survey of U.S. adults conducted in January 2018 finds continuing evidence of this trend, with the vast majority of internet users (88 percent) saying the internet has, on balance, been a mostly good ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — White space the solution for rural broadband?

White space surrounding rural folks across Mississippi may be the solution to closing our digital divide.   Huh?   Well, “white space refers to the unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum,” according to techrepublic.com.   Huh?   Okay, it’s basically unused TV channels. Turns out TV channel frequencies below 700 Mhz function sort of like 4G so they can be ...

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HU MEENA — AT&T desperate to hold on to monopoly as C Spire wins state technology bid

The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) selected Mississippi’s own C Spire as its partner to procure communication and data services for its state agencies, schools, libraries and other state entities.  The eight-year contract awarded services to C Spire in five categories, including voice and data, and C Spire stands ready to deliver on DAY ONE. The partnership marks ...

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Winning teams from C Spire C3 coding challenge

The first, second and third place winning teams from C3 coding challenge. Long Beach High School Coding team members from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, Miss. won first place in C Spire’s C3 statewide coding challenge held at the company’s corporate offices on March 28. As part of its Tech Movement initiative, the company convenes the coding challenges ...

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OUR VIEW: C Spire has best interest of Mississippi at heart

So, let’s get this straight. There was a bid process for the procurement of the state’s telecommunications services. C Spire outbid AT&T by a whopping $32 million. Now, AT&T is protesting the entire process that it has never had a problem with in the past. None of that seems to be in dispute. After multiple requests, Michele Blocker, the Chief ...

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Steve Parrott named chief information officer at MSU

Steve Parrott, a Mississippi State alumnus with 34 years of information technology experience, is the university’s new chief information officer. Parrott had served as interim CIO since July 2017. He succeeds former CIO Mike Rackley, who retired last year. Parrott will oversee 126 full-time staff positions within the Enterprise Information Systems, Information Technology Infrastructure and User Services departments. These departments ...

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TODD SMITH — Social media landscape dotted by longstanding trends, emerging narratives

A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives. Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape, as notable majorities of U.S. adults use each of these sites. At the same time, younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out ...

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Pickering says failed Stion Solar owes Mississippi $93 million

Associated Press Mississippi’s state auditor is formally demanding that a failed solar panel maker pay nearly $93 million that he says is owed to state and local governments, a prelude to a possible lawsuit. Auditor Stacey Pickering demanded repayment in a letter he delivered Tuesday to Stion Corp., which closed its Hattiesburg plant last year. The Republican said it’s the ...

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