By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – A town hall meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Corinth High School auditorium will give people in Corinth a chance to learn details about C Spire’s launch of Fiber-to-the-Home.
The city, C Spire and the Corinth School District want everyone to know more about the program and its possibilities ahead of registration, including costs, product packages, channel lineup for digital television service, neighborhoods where service will be available and how many households in a neighborhood must sign up to qualify for construction.
“We see several benefits from scheduling a meeting with Corinth constituents prior to the launch of preregistration,” said Gary Chandler, president of The Alliance economic development organization.
Among those benefits are getting a “community toolkit” into households before the actual launch, having everyone thinking about the program as the website goes live and registration begins, and refining strategies to get information and details to key neighborhood volunteers, he said.
Earlier this month C Spire named Corinth as one of nine Mississippi cities to be among the first to offer 1-gigabit Internet access speed to its residents. The other Northeast Mississippi city is Starkville.
Signing up households is the next benchmark, and the cities must recruit a certain percentage of residents in a fiber neighborhood for connections to be installed.
C Spire’s sister company, Telepak Networks Inc., began laying fiber optic cable in Corinth a few years ago.
Working with MEGAPOP – the nonprofit Mississippi Economic Growth Alliance and Point of Presence – the company has laid a fiber optic infrastructure that serves two-thirds of the state of Mississippi.
MEGAPOP has been working for several years to create a network of high-speed broadband services in Mississippi that include advanced video, voice and data.
“To me this is a great opportunity for our state and our region,” said MEGAPOP President Morgan Baldwin. “The first community that gets it in Mississippi will be the fourth or fifth in America, a huge deal that we’re real excited to be part of.”
C Spire Fiber-to-the-Home
• What: Town Hall Informational Meeting
• When: 6 p.m. Monday
• Where: Corinth High School Auditorium, 1310 N. Harper Road, Corinth
• For more information: (662) 286-6644; (662) 287-5269; (662) 287-2425