By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – The Corinth board met Monday in executive session with the economic development head to discuss what more the community needs to do to be selected in C Spire’s “Get Fiber First” competition.
“There are certain things local governments have to do to be competitive, and they have stepped up and done those,” said Gary Chandler, president of The Alliance. “We’ve done all we can do and now we’re cautiously optimistic.”
C Spire announced in September that it would choose a select number of communities in north Mississippi as first launch communities to receive fiber optic Internet service, which provides Internet speeds about 100 times faster than anything else currently available.
Corinth’s board quickly passed a resolution indicating to C Spire the city’s desire to be selected for this pilot program, and over several weeks conducted an information and sign-up blitz to get Corinth residents on board with the project.
People from organizations throughout the community like Main Street Corinth, Magnolia Regional Health Center and Corinth School District went to well-attended events like the Corinth High School homecoming parade and homecoming game with laptop computers to show individuals the information and get them to sign up.
“We’ve basically turned this whole process around in about four weeks with lots of different individuals and groups involved and working hard to make it happen,” Chandler said. “This process has shown us the kind of team effort it takes to be successful and is something we can work with again to accomplish any other project.”