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Jackson Becomes Second Mississippi City to Qualify Six Areas for C Spire’s 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home Internet Technology Initiative



Hinds County city turns another area “green” as part of nation’s first and only statewide rollout of 100 times faster Internet access

Jackson, Miss. (April 23, 2015) – Homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a sixth area of Mississippi’s largest city this week – helping Jackson expand eligibility for C Spire’s ultra-fast 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) Fiber to the Home Internet service and related Super HDTM TV and home phone services.

Jackson’s Sheffield-Sherwood Forrest-Massena fiberhood reached its pre-registration target on Tuesday and now joins the Highlands East-Meadowbrook Highlands-Fontaine, Country Club, Belhaven Northeast, Eastover and Fondren East fiberhoods, which qualified for the next-generation suite of services earlier this year.

The Ridgeland-based telecommunications and technology services company expects to finish engineering and begin construction this summer in the latest Jackson fiberhood to qualify for the next-generation services. Commercial service is expected to be available later this year in all six areas.

Meanwhile, C Spire is continuing to work with the city to provide free Gigabit Internet access at two municipal community centers to help more Jackson residents learn about the benefits of 100 times faster fiber-based broadband Internet access and related services.

The technology program, which will help the city expand its computer learning lab at the Johnnie C. Champion Community Center and offer digital literacy classes at the Medgar Evers Community Center, is expected to begin in June.

Online pre-registration began in Jackson last fall at www.cspire.com/jackson. Since that time, several thousand residents throughout the city have expressed their interest in the suite of game-changing services by making $10 refundable deposits and providing credit card information.

“We’re impressed with the momentum in Jackson and consumers’ growing excitement for ultra-fast Internet access,” said Suzy Hays, senior vice president of Consumer Markets for C Spire. “Fiber to the home is a transformative technology that will serve as a platform for future technology investment, economic growth and job creation.”

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber said the latest progress shows that momentum is growing as more residents are educated and learn about the opportunity to invest in the city’s future. “We’re seeing more areas qualify faster as we continue to educate consumers and as individuals share the opportunity with their neighbors.”

Jackson is the largest city and only municipality besides Ridgeland to qualify at least six areas for the historic technology initiative. C Spire turned up commercial Gigabit Internet and related services for its first residential customers in Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville last year and expects to activate service in Clinton and Corinth later this year. Madison was added as the 7th city in the program last month and is working to qualify its first areas.

For C Spire customers, the 1 Gbps Internet access is available for $70 a month, $90 a month for combined Internet and home phone, $130 for Internet and super HD TV and $150 a month for the entire package of all three services. Non customers are required to pay an additional $10 a month on all packages.

To learn more about C Spire’s Fiber to the Home initiative or to pre-register for the service, visit www.cspire.com/fiberhome.

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C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that 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 www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.