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City of Clinton campaigns for faster Internet

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The City of Clinton is campaigning to be the first town C-Spire places the Fiber to Home connection. Clinton city leaders say because so many people are online, it needs a faster Internet connection for its residents and the nearly 5,000 students it serves.

City of Clinton Spokesperson Mark Jones say ,"Imagine being able to surf the Internet 100 times faster than you are surfing the Internet now."

That means no buffering of videos and quicker music downloads according to Public Spokesperson for the City of Clinton, Mark Jones. Jones says right now Internet connections in neighborhoods can be a bit slow because of so many people online in the 24 square mile city.

"Clinton is aggressively pursing the fiber optic process. We've been meeting all day formatting our strategies to compete with cities across Mississippi," says Jones.

Faster Internet will also benefit the nearly five thousand students enrolled in Clinton Public Schools.

Clinton Public School District Spokesperson Sandi Beason says, "This year in the Clinton Public School District we issued new Mac computers to all of our students grades K through 12. In grades six through 12 MacBook laptops that they take home. Within our schools we provide WiFi, there is plenty of connection in the schools, but we don't want learning to stop when the kids go home."

"What that means for our neighborhoods is, with all those extra computers coming into the neighborhoods we need extra bandwidth and Internet. So, in order for Clinton to continue to be on the cutting edge of technology to have fiber in all of our homes would only expand our ability to serve and meet the needs of our residents," says Jones.

The cities of Ridgeland and Starkville are also competing for the fiber optic connection.

 

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