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City approves C Spire agreement for broadband Internet

CLINTON — Clinton officials have unanimously approved a franchise agreement with C Spire that clears the way for city neighborhoods to start marketing themselves as the best place for 1 gigabit-per-second broadband Internet. The agreement is for 25 years, with two 10-year automatic rollovers that Ridgeland-based C Spire can trigger unless the company gives notice otherwise at least six months ...

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Telepak strikes another branding deal with C Spire

RIDGELAND — Telepak Networks Inc., a broadband networking company, plans to sell fiber-based digital broadband services under the C Spire Fiber brand. According to Gregg Logan, Telepak vice president and general manager, the firm already has a strong reputation in the telecommunications industry as one of the leading independent providers of Internet, telecommunications and network services — so teaming up ...

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Internet connectivity is up in rural areas but need is still there

Internet connectivity is spreading through rural Mississippi but there is still work to be done. Internet access needs can vary widely and adoption of this connectivity still remains a hurdle, say groups working on these challenges. The governor’s office and the Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition could not give a figure for the percentage of the state still without broadband access. ...

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Presley: FCC's data on cellphone, broadband availability inaccurate

JACKSON — The Public Service Commission has unanimously approved the first in a series of filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) aimed at expanding cellular telephone coverage and high-speed Internet service in Mississippi. The filings come in response to FCC requests for comments on coverage issues associated with its Mobility Fund and National Broadband Map, according to a release ...

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FCC reforms prompt $53M investment in state by AT&T

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — AT&T is making a $53 million investment throughout Mississippi as a result of reforms made to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Universal Service Fund, a vast majority of which will be used to enable broadband expansion. This investment in Mississippi will mean more than 170 new sites in more than 60 wire centers, which will increase access ...

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Study: Broadband usage growing quicker than studies show

STARKVILLE — Broadband Internet usage in Mississippi is catching up to the national average more quickly than recent national studies report, according to a statewide survey conducted by the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University. Information on this Internet and broadband use survey is available at srdc.msstate.edu/ebeat/reports.html. Reports on the Mississippi Broadband Survey, conducted by telephone from May ...

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Ole Miss first to utilize new Mississippi Optical Network

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi is the first entity to begin using the new Mississippi Optical Network, referred to as MissiON. The network serves the Mississippi Research Consortium, which includes UM, Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University. The network also serves the UM Medical Center, the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services, the ...

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Coalition makes recommendations for promoting broadband usage

JACKSON — The Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition has issued recommendations for improving access to high-speed Internet and encouraging digital literacy. These recommendations are the culmination of almost a year of study and meetings by stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The Coalition also is partnering with the newly created Connect to Compete, a national private-nonprofit partnership led by One ...

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Groups look to boost broadband service availability

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As the federal government aims to bring broadband capability to as many Americans as possible, various groups in Mississippi are ramping up their efforts to bring the technology to those who don’t have it. The Federal Communications Commission recently announced it is revamping its Connect America Fund to give high-speed Internet capability to seven million people in ...

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New digital literacy program aimed at increasing broadband adoption

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Southern Rural Development Center will partner to begin a digital literacy program to increase broadband adoption across the state. Gov. Haley Barbour says the program will be based on the statewide broadband plan under development by the Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition and to be released later this year. Barbour says the ...

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