C Spire’s march toward a 1 Gbps fiber network in Mississippi and the setting up of a wireline battle with Comcast and AT&T took a few steps forward this week with word on which markets will be in line first to get those services, and how those services will be priced.
C Spire announced its 1-Gig plan in September. Similar to the way Google Fiber structured its build out in Kansas City and will in Austin, Texas, C Spire is deploying the network based on demand. Based on the initial results, C Spire announced that the following nine communities will be getting 1-Gig services during the first wave of the deployment: Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland, Starkville
The order of deployment will be based on the number of residents who pay $10 to pre-register for services. That process is expected to begin before the end of November, a C Spire spokesman said.
C Spire, which will compete primarily in those areas with AT&T and Comcast, then plans to start lighting up services by the middle of 2014, the official added.
C Spire has also announced pricing. The stand-alone 1-Gig broadband service will fetch $80 per month, a 1-Gig plus home phone bundle will sell for $100 per month; the 1-Gig plus TV package will go for $140 per month; and the triple-play bundle will sell for $160. Existing C Spire wireless customers will receive a discount of $10 on all of those packages.