C Spire launches 1 Gbps FTTH in Clinton, Miss.

C Spire is now offering its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Internet, HDTV, and phone triple-play bundle to Clinton, Miss., the fourth city where the competitive provider is launching the service.

The city has reached pre-registration goals in seven of its 21 "fiberhoods." It said that it has begun construction in three areas and service is available today in the Hunter's Ridge-Indian Trails fiberhood.

Later this year, C Spire plans to turn up service in the remaining six fiberhoods.

Already, consumers like Clinton resident Connie Chrietzberg, a small business owner who operates a photography business out of her home, is seeing the benefits of having access to a 1 Gbps connection.

"Some of the tasks, like uploading photos to online albums, that took me hours to complete before, I now can finish in a fraction of the time," Chrietzberg said in a release. "I couldn't be more pleased with the service."

The debut of the 1 Gbps service will also provide benefits to the local school district. Clinton will be able to use the fiber-based connections as a platform to drive its one-to-one technology initiative in all of its schools.

Kim Griffin, technology director for the Clinton Public School District, said in a release that the one-to-one technology will allow students and teachers to potentially have the same robust connection at home and school for homework and collaborative learning and other opportunities for teaching, learning, performing original research and working with other schools and organizations.

Earlier this year, Clinton joined Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville as Mississippi cities that have met the qualifications for its 1 Gbps service.

C Spire said that it expects to activate 1 Gbps service in several other cities by the end of the year, but did not provide any specific timelines or areas where it will build.

Eligible customers will be able to get their choice of three service package options: a standalone 1 Gbps Internet service for $70 a month; Internet and home phone bundle for $90; $130 for Internet and super HDTV; and $150 a month for the three-service package. Customers that were interested in getting the 1 Gbps service had to commit $10 up front to C Spire. 

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