Ridgeland became the fourth site in the state that had a qualified area to begin receiving 1 Gigabit per second fiber to the home Internet and related TV and phone services, C Spire announced on Feb. 20.

The Bridgewater subdivision joins Horn Lake, Starkville, and the entire town of Quitman that received enough pre-registration interest to begin construction.

The tech company, based in Ridgeland, said it hopes to have services online by this summer as they continue to receive requests throughout the state.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee has been a big advocate for the service and he recently completed a 27-mile bike ride throughout the city to let people know of the opportunity.

"Because a person can live almost anywhere now and work because of technology, it is incumbent of us to do everything possible to provide high quality of life," McGee said. "Fiber to the home is a game changer because it allows citizens so many opportunities from home.

"This means more people will want to live here and do business here, which translates to more growth both in housing, but also in business," he added. "I think it will become a way of life and it is vital to attract business and industry."

McGee said the bike tour resulted in a number of people signing up to take advantage of the service.

The city was one of nine finalists to receive fiber to the home first. C Spire President and CEO Hu Meena was excited to see the city where the business is headquartered continue to make headway with the program.

"We're pleased that Ridgeland has reached an important milestone and has qualified its first area for internet at the speed of light," he said. "Fiber to the home is a next-generation technology infrastructure that will help Mississippi cities become hubs for future investment and growth."

C Spire officials expect some more "fiberhoods" in the area to become qualified in the coming weeks.

Only residents in the nine finalist cities can currently pre-register for the service. Once a target percentage has been hit, the fiberhood becomes qualified and green lit for construction.

A $10 refundable deposit is required to register. For more information, visit www.cspire.com/fiberhome.