Record-fast internet access will soon be available to many in Ja - - Jackson, MS

Record-fast internet access will soon be available to many in Jackson area

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It promises '100 times faster internet access', and Mississippi's largest city just keeps adding more customers and neighborhoods interested in joining.

Today homeowner pre-registration has exceeded the required threshold in a seventh area of Jackson.

It's another step toward expanding eligibility for C Spire's ultra-fast 1 Gbps Fiber; this time in the Audubon Park area.

It now joins the following area 'fiberhoods', which all qualified for the next-generation suite of services earlier this year: Sheffield, Sherwood Forrest-Massena, Highlands East-Meadowbrook Highlands-Fontaine, Country Club, Belhaven Northeast, Eastover and Fondren East.

The Ridgeland-based company expects begin construction this summer in the latest Jackson 'fiberhood.'

Construction started on Monday in the Country Club area and is scheduled to start next week in Eastover. 

Commercial service is expected to be available later this year in all seven areas.

With its latest milestone, Jackson becomes the first Mississippi city to qualify seven areas for the fastest consumer Internet access available in the U.S. today.

Jackson has a total of 15 fiberhoods, while Ridgeland is the only other city that has qualified at least six areas for the game-changing services.

“We're impressed with the continued 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 can be a transformative technology that serves 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, friends and co-workers.”

Yarber also noted that C Spire and the city are in the final stages of efforts 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 later this month.

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