Cities and Towns Across Mississippi Answered C Spire’s Call-To-Action
and Joined the Race To Make 1 Gigabit Internet Access Available To Their
RIDGELAND, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
C Spire announced today the nine Mississippi cities that will be
finalists for the nation’s first and only statewide roll out of
ultra-fast 1 Gbps broadband fiber to the home Internet service.
The nine communities who will be participating in the initial phase of
the historic broadband initiative include Batesville, Clinton, Corinth,
Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville. These
cities and towns were among 33 municipalities that submitted formal
applications late last month to be the first to bring the technology of
tomorrow to their communities today.
From Southaven to Gulfport, cities responded to C Spire’s Get Fiber
First Challenge, which began in September when the company announced a
statewide initiative to deploy ultra-fast 1 Gig Fiber to the Home
Internet in cities and towns that best showcase their passion for
securing service that’s 100 times faster than national average broadband
All of the applicants developed creative, aggressive campaigns featuring
rallies and town hall meetings, local celebrations, door-to-door
canvassing, mobilization of neighborhood groups and homeowner
organizations, dedicated websites, social media campaigns and even
stadium and freeway billboard advertisements.
C Spire had initially hoped to name multiple cities as finalists, but
because of the strength, quality and comprehensive nature of submissions
by so many cities, the company decided to increase the number of partner
communities to nine during the first phase of the initiative.
The finalist cities were announced during a news conference at C Spire
headquarters with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a host of state and
local elected officials and representatives from the Fiber to the Home
(FTTH) Council Americas. Bryant acknowledged the historic announcement
by presenting a proclamation declaring Monday, November 4 as “Get Fiber
First” and “Gimme Fiber” day in Mississippi.
“Recently, I proclaimed November as Innovation Month, and I can’t think
of any better example than C Spire, which is helping ensure Mississippi
is a leader in technology,” Bryant said. “C Spire’s commitment in
bringing fiber technology to communities across the state will help us
compete in a global market.”