C Spire last week announced the completion of a 225-mile-long fiber optic cable route from Kiln, MS to West Mobile, AL. Contractors for the broadband and business services division of the diversified telecommunications and technology services company finished work on the two-year-plus, five phase, multi-million-dollar Gulf Coast project late last month, overcoming weather delays, permitting requirements and sensitive environmental issues.
The project placed conduit and fiber optic cable underground and underneath or around several bodies of water, including the Pascagoula River, Biloxi Back Bay and Fort Bayou. Spanning the counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson in Mississippi and Mobile in Alabama, the cable also runs along county roads and U.S. Highway 90 in both states.
C Spire officials said completion of the route is the third major fiber long haul project covering the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts, adding to major routes already existing along U.S. Highways 98 and 45. The latest route also provides fiber backbone to the company’s cell sites and resilience and redundancy for the network.
“Not only are we connecting our legacy fiber network in Mississippi, which we’re using to launch new ultra-fast internet access for consumers in Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs, but it also helps us expand our reach into Alabama in Mobile and Baldwin counties and Mobile Bay,” said C Spire Chief Network Officer Alan Jones.
Combined with its recent acquisition of Harbor Communications and its completion of the long-haul fiber route, C Spire is uniquely positioned, Jones said, to avoid service interruptions and serve consumers and businesses along the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts using highly reliable fiber optic infrastructure.
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