Entergy and C Spire team up with PSC to tackle rural “digital divide” challenge

By admin
March 13, 2018

fiber optical cablesJACKSON, Miss. – Entergy Mississippi and C Spire, along with the Mississippi Public Service Commission are teaming up on an $11 million fiber infrastructure project spanning over 300 miles in 15 counties that will open the door for future delivery of a wide variety of next-generation broadband services to consumers and businesses in some of the most isolated and rural parts of the state.

The project is the brainchild of Brandon Presley, chairman of the Public Service Commission, and has been on the drawing board for over two years. The massive infrastructure project, one of the largest in the nation, received a final “green light” Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, when the PSA authorized the work to begin later this spring.

C Spire will install fiber optic cable and related broadband communications infrastructure for Entergy along five routes that cover 302 miles in 15 counties and pass 21 small towns, cities and communities in rural, hard-to-reach parts of the state, including the Delta, north, central, south and southwest regions.

“This is a win-win-win for Entergy, C Spire and the people of rural Mississippi,” Presley said. “Entergy gets communication enhancements to its statewide electrical service grid, C Spire gets highly-desired fiber infrastructure and the people of our great state who live in some of the most isolated areas will get access to 21st century broadband services.”

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