TAMPA, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--C Spire’s ultra-high speed 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home initiative in Mississippi has been selected as the first North American “Gimme Fiber Day” Award winner by the Fiber to the Home Council Americas (FTTH Council).
“C Spire Fiber to the Home has the potential to transform Mississippi's technology economy”
The announcement was made today at the FTTH Council Americas 2013 Annual Conference and Expo in Tampa, Florida and follows C Spire’s “Get Fiber First” call-to-action last week, which gives cities, towns and communities the opportunity to compete for 100 times faster Internet speeds to thousands of homes throughout Mississippi.
The inaugural award will be part of an annual event and celebration to honor the achievements of Professor Charles Kao, who pioneered the use and development of fiber optics in telecommunications, and showcase how fiber optics have positively impacted communities around the world and what policymakers can do to accelerate its deployment and adoption.
To commemorate the day in North America, C Spire executives and FTTH Council officials are planning a November 4th event in Ridgeland, Mississippi to showcase the company’s Fiber to the Home initiative and the positive impact of fiber networks on education, healthcare, civic life, government services and economic growth. During the event, C Spire will announce the initial communities who are finalists for gigabit connectivity.
“We’re pleased to co-host the inaugural Gimme Fiber Day with the state of Mississippi and C Spire,” said Fiber to the Home Council President Heather Burnett Gold. “Increasingly, communities and companies from every part of the country are recognizing the power that FTTH brings, and we are happy to celebrate in Mississippi, a state that has not traditionally led the digital charge, but where communities and companies recognize that they must take control of their own broadband destinies.”
Similar to efforts underway in Kansas City, Chattanooga, Seattle and Lafayette, C Spire’s Fiber to the Home service will provide Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than currently available with standard broadband connections, providing consumers with the bandwidth advantage required to succeed in the 21st century.
“Fiber to the home is a transformative technology, serving as a platform for innovation and a whole new Internet experience,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire. “We thank the Fiber to the Home Council for this honor and look forward to showing them the power of Internet at the speed of light when we get together in November.”
Mississippi state officials also hailed the award as another sign of the state’s determination to become a technology leader. "C Spire Fiber to the Home has the potential to transform Mississippi's technology economy," Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "I am particularly proud to see such a large investment in our state by a Mississippi-grown company. This new, faster fiber will place our towns among the top technology hubs in the country and encourage high-tech, high-skilled jobs to flourish."
About Fiber to the Home Council Americas
The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. For more information about the Council, visit www.ftthcouncil.org.
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides world-class personal service and a superior comprehensive suite of customer-inspired wireless communications, high-speed Internet access and a range of other telecommunications products and services to consumers and businesses with a personal focus. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.