Wi-Fi ready for students at C-SpireBy STAFF REPORTS,
C Spire is reminding area students that they can access free Wi-Fi outside the company's Columbia store for doing schoolwork.
The service is available during normal business in the parking lot at 1116 U.S. 98.
C Spire says people using the service should remain in their cars.
“In rural states like Mississippi, the digital divide is a harsh reality and many students do not have access to affordable internet,” Brian Caraway, general manager of C Spire’s wireless division, said in a news release. “We want to do our part to help all students get access to continuous learning programs and other educational online resources.”
The service also is available in 16 other communities, including Batesville, Bay St. Louis, Brandon, Brookhaven, Clinton, D’Iberville, Greenville, Greenwood, Grenada, Gulfport, Hattiesburg (U.S. 98), Indianola, Magee, McComb, Starkville and Waynesboro.
Under the program, students and parents can pull into a C Spire store parking lot, park their vehicle in designated areas and log onto the free high-speed WiFi to help them work on school assignments until schools reopen.
Availability of the service may vary by market based on municipal or county stay-at-home guidelines, rules or local curfews.
Access is intended for use by students and educational professionals. C Spire’s sister company, Franklin Telephone, is providing free Wi-Fi outside the Franklin Chess Center, 63 Main St., in Meadville.
C Spire also is providing, in partnership with local community organizations, free pop up Wi-Fi internet access in the parking lots of the Amite County Courthouse, Grace Crossing Baptist Church in Canton, First Baptist Church in Ridgeland, Greater Pearlie Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson and First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs.
Also, the company modified the C Spire Health smartphone app in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to exclusively serve as a COVID-19 triage. C Spire also added extra data and free access to educational websites for its wireless customers and started additional curbside pickup locations.
The company also said this week that it is voluntarily extending a waiver on late fees for consumer and business wireless customers through June 30 as part of its support of the FCC’s “Keep America Connected” program.
The company will not terminate service or impose late fees for wireless customers who notify it of an inability to pay their bills on time due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. To notify C Spire of an unability to pay your bill, visit cspire.com/connected.