JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson is joining nine other Mississippi cities in C Spire’s Fiber to the Home initiative. Providing internet at speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, C Spire says it will offer internet at speeds 100 times faster than its competitors.
Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said the agreement represents a historic opportunity for the city to become a hub for technology investment, generate new, high-paying jobs and provide a better quality of life for its 172,638 residents.
“It’s a new day in Jackson and we’re excited about partnering with C Spire to create a bright future for the people in this city,” Yarber said. “Gigabit infrastructure will address so many needs in our city from education and health care to business expansion while improving home values.”
Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire and a Jackson resident, said his company is on a mission to move Jackson and the Magnolia state from worst to first in national rankings for average Internet speeds and consumer access to super-fast broadband services. “A primary goal is to ensure Mississippi has easy access to fiber technology just as we are delivering on our goal of ensuring consumers and businesses in our state have access to the latest wireless technologies,” he said.
“Fiber to the Home can be a transformative technology for communities, serving as a platform for innovation and a host of new Internet applications and experiences yet to be imagined,” Meena added. “We’re determined to show the world that Jackson and the state of Mississippi are ready to be a catalyst for technology investment, economic growth and job creation.”
Nine Mississippi cities, including Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville were selected for fiber internet access by C Spire last November. Homeowner pre-registration began in those cities last December and since that time, eight areas in Ridgeland, Starkville, Quitman and Horn Lake have qualified for service.
Construction started in Ridgeland in May and construction has also been underway in areas of several other cities that have qualified for the service, including the entire town of Quitman.
To pre-register for service in Jackson or to learn more about C Spire Fiber to the Home, visit www.cspire.com/. In order for your neighborhood, or “Fiberhood” to qualify for access, at least 35 to 45 percent of residents must pre-register.