Corinth was one of a handful of cities across the state last year that qualified for C Spire’s Fiber to the Home program, which brings 1-gigabit Internet speed, super HDTV and home phone service to selected “fiberhoods.”
Starkville, Ridgeland, Clinton and Quitman also qualified and have had the service turned on, and C Spire expects to turn up service in Jackson and Madison by the end of the year. But on Wednesday, C Spire said it was pulling back its plans in Corinth.
Residents who pre-registered and paid the $10 fee will be refunded, starting Wednesday.
A question-and-answer was provided by the company Friday explaining why it’s pausing on its efforts in Alcorn County:
Q. What’s the status of C Spire’s Fiber to the Home program in Corinth?
A. C Spire has decided not to begin construction of its next-generation Fiber to the Home technology initiative in Corinth until municipal leaders and community supporters can generate more consumer interest in signing up for ultra-fast home Internet access and related services. The company informed city leaders of its decision this week in an email communication after several unsuccessful attempts to schedule a joint meeting to discuss the issue.
Q. I thought we already qualified. Why did you decide not to proceed with construction in Corinth?
A. It’s true that Corinth’s North fiberhood, one of three in the city, reached its pre-registration goal and qualified for the next phase of the program last December. We actually spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete engineering plans for this area. However, C Spire has been unable to sign up enough homeowners to start the construction phase of the project. There simply is not enough interest to justify our investment at this time.
Q. Does that mean you will never build Fiber to the Home in Corinth?
A. Right now, all of our resources are committed to delivering fiber services in communities that are meeting all of the program requirements.
We have a long and proud history of technology infrastructure investment in Corinth and other communities in Northeast Mississippi. We’ve deployed over 200 route miles of fiber in the region and operate 210 cell sites that provide mobile broadband services to hundreds of thousands of consumers and businesses and we plan to continue to invest in this region in the future.