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Biloxi, Gulfport among Coast cities pursuing fiber optic communication

It's called the Gulf Coast Fiber Optic Ring, and it’s an initiative Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich said could improve communications. (Photo source: WLOX) It's called the Gulf Coast Fiber Optic Ring, and it’s an initiative Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich said could improve communications. (Photo source: WLOX)
Mayor FoFo Gilich is pushing for fiber optic communications. (Photo source: WLOX) Mayor FoFo Gilich is pushing for fiber optic communications. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It's called the Gulf Coast Fiber Optic Ring, and it’s an initiative Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich said could improve communications. According to Gilich, this effort would install fiber optics throughout the coast and connect cities like never before.

The Gulf Coast Broadband initiative is moving the project along. Biloxi and Gulfport are currently the only cities on board, but Gilich hopes that will soon change.

Gilich says the connectivity will provide numerous benefits, including during disasters.

“Back in Katrina, we lost communications. If we do what is proposed to be done, the governor has given us some opportunity to build a backbone. A backbone that will actually be reliable and redundant, and those kinds of things will just open opportunities,” said Gilich.

The Biloxi mayor is hoping to have a more detailed plan of installation in the next few months.

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