TUPELO – In 2014, C Spire began rolling out its Fiber to the Home program, delivering internet speeds of up 1 Gbps – 100 times faster than typical home internet connections.
C Spire is now poised to launch a similar program for businesses across the state, and the company is officially rolling it out in Tupelo on Monday.
“I’ve had a vision for some time now to see our city become the first in Mississippi to make gigabit speed internet access available to all our 4,400-plus businesses and nearly 39,000 residents,” said Mayor Jason Shelton.
Said Allen McIntosh, vice president of C Spire Business Solutions: “We currently offer 1 gigabit to the home, and we’re doing it in nine or 10 cities today. Riding that wave, we had a press conference in our office in Ridgeland in mid-September, where we talked about the C Spire Tech Movement, which is helping to revolutionize technology in our state.
“One of the things in that journey is not only offer 1 gig to the residential side, but also to the business side. It’s a natural extension.”
C Spire has more than 8,000 miles of fiber in the ground.
Businesses already have 100 Mbps internet service and other networking products, but C Spire wanted to offer businesses even more, McIntosh said.
Prices start as low as $200 a month with the new fiber to business plan being introduced.
C Spire will offer details and sign up customers in Tupelo on Monday, where a launch party will be held at the BancorpSouth Center. Two information sessions will be held: the first is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by another from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“C Spire Tech Movement is about broadening the technology space in Mississippi,” McIntosh said. “We’re on a mission to get as many as possible, houses and businesses, on our fiber. C Spire is going to fill that gap.
“We’ve identified approximately 20 cities we’re bringing gigabit to businesses, and we’re starting in Tupelo,” McIntosh said. “We’re going to provide businesses with the highest broadband available in the state, and we believe that’s extremely healthy for the business community … it’s an economic driver.”
McIntosh said the city has been divided into six business fiberhoods – designated areas that are within several hundred feet of the company’s extensive infrastructure of buried fiber optic cable. Even the 3,300 businesses that are outside of the primary sphere of influence can receive the service if there is enough interest, he added.
The company will have contracts available at Monday’s meeting, with plans to begin service before the end of the year if enough customers sign up.
Friday is the deadline to register for Monday’s meeting.
To secure a seat at one of the meetings, business owners need to register at www.events.cspire.com/fiberfasttupelo
Also later this fall, C Spire also will be offering fixed wireless – also known as wireless shots – to business customers, a 100 Mbps connectivity to places where it’s not feasible to bring fiber.
For more information about the fiber to business program and to register for Monday’s meeting, contact Tim Long at email@example.com or (662) 432-1200.