C Spire adjusts requirements for Mississippi residents to its 1 Gbps FTTH service

C Spire said that more areas in Ridgeland, Miss., will be able to qualify for its 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service after it published new "fiberhood" maps on its FTTH site.

The new maps reduce the size of several fiberhoods and the corresponding number of households needed to pre-register for the high-speed Internet and related digital TV and home phone services.

According to Jared Baumann, market development and deployment manager for C Spire's consumer fiber services, pre-registration levels remain at either 35 percent or 45 percent for each fiberhood, but redrawing the boundaries should make it easier to see progress in qualifying neighborhoods for the new service.

Part of the map revision process included the removal of large apartment complexes and related buildings that had long-term or exclusive agreements with other broadband providers.

However, Baumann said the company would consider future construction of the infrastructure for apartment complexes if owners approach the company and request the service. He also encouraged renters who want high-speed connections to inform building managers.

Earlier this month, C Spire began installing fiber cable in Ridgeland's Bridgewater neighborhood and plans to expand those efforts to the Old Agency East fiberhood, which includes Dinsmor and several other areas. In addition, it expects to soon reach its pre-registration target and qualify for construction in Ridgeland, Highland Colony North.

While Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) has gotten the lion's share of attention for its FTTH service in Kansas City, C Spire has been able to move quicker with its deployments having only selected nine cities last November to initially build out the service.

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