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Public Service Commission, Entergy and C Spire team up in public-private partnership to help bridge “digital divide” in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Entergy and C Spire are teaming up on an $11 million fiber infrastructure project spanning over 300 miles in 15 Mississippi 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.

Entergy and C Spire are teaming up on an $11 million fiber infrastructure project spanning over 300 miles in 15 Mississippi counties that will open the door for future delivery of advanced broadband services to consumers and businesses in some of the most isolated and rural parts of the state. The Mississippi Public Service Commission has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. CT to announce details of an $11 million fiber infrastructure project by Entergy Mississippi and C Spire that is expected to open the door for future delivery of advanced broadband services to consumers and businesses in some of the most isolated and rural parts of the state. (PRNewsfoto/C Spire)…

The project was conceived by Brandon Presley, chairman of the state’s Public Service Commission, and has been on the drawing board for over two years.  The massive infrastructure project, one of the largest of its kind in the nation, received a final “green light” when the PSC approved an order Tuesday, Feb. 6 authorizing the work to begin later this spring.

Under terms of the agreement, 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. This is and will continue to be one of my top priorities.”

The construction project will involve placing fiber optic cable along five separate routes as follows:

Delta: a 92-mile route

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