Corinth high-speed signup effort today

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Even before C Spire announced this week that four Mississippi communities had reached their signup goals for 1-gigabit Internet service, Corinth had prepared for a blitz today of households to increase its signup numbers.

Gary Chandler, president of The Alliance community development organization, said teams will be knocking on doors in the northern “fiberhood” of three designated Corinth communities to encourage more people to register.

“The weather is expected to be beautiful, so that should help us,” Chandler said. “We expect to have a morning crew and a midday crew starting at 9 a.m. for the canvassing.”

Team members will be wearing C Spire T-shirts and using iPads to help homeowners register.

A community qualifies for C Spire to begin installing the high-speed 1-gigabit service when it reaches a preset concentration of registered homeowners, who pay a registration fee of $10 per household to indicate their interest.

In Corinth’s three designated neighborhoods, the north area requires 45 percent (8 percent so far); central 35 percent (3 percent registered to date); and south 35 percent (1 percent registered).

The four cities announced as having reached the goal to begin fiberhood construction include the town of Quitman, one fiberhood in Horn Lake, one fiberhood in Starkville and one fiberhood in Ridgeland, where C Spire is headquartered.

These cities were among nine winners of a competition C Spire announced in December to be among the first who could receive the high-speed service, and Corinth has held several events to include businesses, schools and individuals to encourage signups and start installation.

Chandler asks any Corinth homeowner in one of the fiberhood areas, which are identified online at www.cspire.com/corinth, to register and increase the chances of getting the high-speed service in Corinth sooner.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com