BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Calling it a big step forward for the Gulf Coast Broadband Initiative, project leaders announced Friday an agreement to install more than 100 miles of fiber optic cable from Hancock County to Biloxi.
Coast Electric Power Association has partnered with the Internet Service Provider, InLine to complete that phase of the work. It will provide roughly one third to one half of the GCBI's goal of establishing a fiber ring or "middle mile" around the coast.
Twelve of the 15 local governments along the coast have signed on to support the ultra high speed internet project. Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich is leading the effort. He was joined at the news conference by Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer.
Governor Phil Bryant has previously committed $15 million of BP Restore Act money to the technology project.
The ultimate goal of the GCBI project is to provide universal high speed internet access to everyone along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Project leaders say it will provide a tremendous boost to both education and economic development.