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Fiber Campaign passes half-way mark
by Jebb Johnston
Aug 14, 2014 | 217 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The campaign to bring super-speedy fiber Internet connections to Corinth homes has passed the half-way mark for North Corinth.

Successful sign-up campaigns for C Spire Fiber to the Home at two events — the Slugburger Festival and the Corinth School District’s eMerge technology orientation — recently pushed the north fiberhood from 15 percent to 23 percent. The target is 45 percent for the north block, and about 330 more residences are needed for the fiberhood to “go green,” said Alliance Community Development Director Andrea Rose.

Once the target number is reached, C Spire will begin deployment of gigabit per second Internet service.

C Spire is now pushing the eligible communities to hit their targets by Jan. 1.

“There’s still a lot of people that are confused about it,” said Rose. “We are in phase two, and everyone that was so supportive in phase one needs to know that does not count toward our numbers right now.”

Phase two sign-up includes payment of a $10 refundable deposit.

The school district’s new technology initiative is one reason supporters believe Corinth needs fiber service.

“As soon as the kids are home from school about 3 o’clock, we are seeing speeds start to slow down,” said Rose. “We want them to be able to access the Internet with the same speed at home as they do at school.”

Supporters are seeking volunteers to keep the momentum going. Volunteers are needed for a phone bank effort from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 and neighborhood visits beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 and Oct. 25.

The fiber campaign will set up next to the new “Warrior Wagon” at the first Corinth High School football game on Aug. 22.

The number of households needed to hit the target was recently adjusted downward by about 100 across the three fiberhoods after some duplicates were identified. The central fiberhood is currently at 5 percent and the south fiberhood at 2 percent, both with 35 percent targets. Most of the effort has been focused on the north fiberhood, which has a total of about 720 residences.

C Spire recently redrew the fiberhoods in Ridgeland, where the company is based, making it easier for neighborhoods there to reach their targets.

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