|[January 22, 2014]
C Spire Expands Availability of Homeowner Pre-Registration for Fiber to the Home Initiative Featuring 100 Times Faster Internet
RIDGELAND, Miss. --(Business Wire)--
C Spire is making it easier and more convenient for thousands of
residents in nine Mississippi cities to sign up for the company's
ultra-fast 1 Gbps fiber to the home Internet service by expanding
pre-registration methods for the next generation technology.
The company, which launched customized, pre-registration web sites for
residents in the cities of Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg,
Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville last month,
introduced specialized kiosks in 13 retail stores Monday that allow
consumers to easily and quickly sign up for the 1 Gbps ultra-fast
Internet access as well as related digital television and home phone
"Online pre-registration has been going well, but we want to make it as
convenient and easy as possible for residents to sign up for these
services wherever they are and whenever they want to," said Gregg Logan,
senior vice president C Spire Fiber. The 1 Gig service promises Internet
access up to 100 times faster than national average broadband speeds.
As part of the registration process, residents in the nine cities are
required to make a $10 refundable deposit and provide credit card
information. The web site for each city features detailed, interactive
maps of fiberhoods that show what percentage of residents need to sign
up to turn their area "green" and qualify for construction.
There are also progress bars for each fiberhood that are updated daily
to help residents get a "real time" snapshot of their success in getting
neighbors, friends and others who live nearby to pre-register for the
service. Registration percentage goals for each of the 80 fiberhoods in
the nine cities vary between 35 and 45 percent.
"As soon as a critical number of neighborhoods have reached their
percentage goals in a fiberhood, C Spire plans to begin construction -
so there is a possibility that work could commence in more than one
community at the sam time," Logan said.
The 1 Gbps Internet access will be available for $80 a month, $100 a
month for combined Internet and home phone, $140 a month for Internet
and digital TV and $160 a month for the entire package of all three
services. C Spire customers will receive an additional $10 monthly
discount on all packages.
The nine cities were among 33 municipalities that submitted formal
applications last October to be the first to bring the technology of
tomorrow to their communities today. All of the cities approved
franchise agreements with C Spire to pave the way for the start of the
"There's a tremendous amount of excitement in each of these communities
and a strong desire to be among the first to receive the 1 Gig Internet
service to the home," Logan said. "We're looking forward to bringing
tomorrow's technology to these Mississippi communities today because we
know that this service has the power to transform communities into hubs
for technology investment, economic growth and job creation."
Logan said C Spire hopes to start turning up 1 Gig service in the first
C Spire Fiber neighborhoods by the middle of this year. The service is
expected to pave the way for improvements in the areas of healthcare,
education, civic life, municipal services and economic growth.
The finalist cities were selected last November by a C Spire review
panel that considered factors like proximity to the company's fiber
optic infrastructure, community mobilization capabilities and incentives
to speed up the construction process and reduce overall costs. The
application review process was monitored and the Individual and overall
results tabulated by Ridgeland-based Horne LLP, one of the nation's top
independent public accounting and business advisory firms.
To learn more about C Spire's Fiber to the Home initiative, visit www.cspire.com/fiberhome.
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services
company that provides world-class service and a superior comprehensive
suite of customer-inspired wireless communications, high-speed Internet
access and a range of other telecommunications products and services to
consumers and businesses. This news release and other announcements are
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