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C Spire Business Wins Regional Award as SLED Partner of the Year at 2018 Cisco Partner Summit


Parent firm’s subsidiary cited for innovation, leadership and best practices in state, local and education IT sales

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 4, 2018) – C Spire Business, a subsidiary of the Mississippi-based diversified telecommunications and technology services company, has been named the top state, local and education (SLED) IT sales unit in the southern U.S. by Cisco.

C Spire Business was honored recently along with 13 other companies with regional awards at the 2018 Cisco Partner Summit attended by over 2,100 partners and more than 1,000 companies from more than 75 countries worldwide.

The subsidiary was selected for its innovation, leadership and best practices in the area of state, local and education (SLED) information technology sales and service and as a valued Cisco business partner, according to Don Monistere, general manager of C Spire Business.

“State and local government agencies and education accounts can be challenging without an innovative approach and quality products and services that appeal to the specific needs of this sector,” Monistere said, noting that the sector represents five unique levels of government (state, city, county, education and special districts).

Monistere said the SLED market includes over 30,000 agencies that purchase products and services for an estimated 90,000 entities with unique processes and procurement requirements. “This is a vast market that requires a strategic approach that emphasizes value, quality and reliability to ensure sustained success.”

Cisco Partner Summit awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across the U.S. and around the world. Recipients are recognized for their achievements and continued commitment in delivering customer value.

C Spire Business, which provides enterprise voice, data, managed cloud and IT services, is one of three subsidiaries of the Mississippi-based company, which also provides wireless services and fiber-to-the-home and broadband internet services to an estimated 1 million customers in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Florida.

San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and other high-technology products and services for companies worldwide.

About C Spire
C Spire is a leading technology company committed to transforming its service areas through the C Spire Tech Movement, which includes the massive deployment of broadband internet to homes and small businesses, technology innovation leadership and the creation and retention of a 21st century technology workforce in its region. The company provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services for businesses. This news release and other announcements are available at For more information about C Spire, visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter at