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Community leaders fight for high-speed Internet access

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Sharon Johnson is tired of not having access to high-speed Internet near Walls, Mississippi. Sharon Johnson is tired of not having access to high-speed Internet near Walls, Mississippi.
Signatures on Johnson's petition will go to Jackson on Monday as county leaders and a representative from Southaven, Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Hernando, and Walls try to make their case for north Mississippi. Signatures on Johnson's petition will go to Jackson on Monday as county leaders and a representative from Southaven, Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Hernando, and Walls try to make their case for north Mississippi.

(WMC-TV) - There is a race going on in the state of Mississippi, and it involves bringing the Internet up to speed. One of the areas hardest hit by slow Internet is DeSoto County.

C-Spire is picking one area in Mississippi to start wiring up, and people in DeSoto County say that this is one competition they need to win.

Sharon Johnson is tired of not having access to high-speed Internet near Walls, Mississippi.

"We just have to deal with it, or you have to go to McDonald in Southaven or Horn Lake and sit there and try to do your work or homework," said Johnson.

She and other volunteers are pounding the pavement in DeSoto County trying to find others in the same boat.

"We've already surveyed 15,000 people who don't have high-speed internet access," DeSoto County Supervisor Lee Caldwell.

Residents say they need better speeds to do homework, order prescriptions online, and pay bills. That is why the county is gearing up for C-Spire's Get Fiber First program. Counties and cities across Mississippi are fighting to be the first place wired for speeds that average 100 times what they are now.

"Everybody out here either has dial up or they have nothing or they have their own little hot spot with a very expensive little air card," said Johnson.

Signatures on Johnson's petition will go to Jackson on Monday as county leaders and a representative from Southaven, Olive Branch, Horn Lake, Hernando, and Walls try to make their case for north Mississippi.

"It is a race and we are all about a challenge in DeSoto County," said Caldwell.

The city of Corinth will also send representatives to C-Spire headquarters on Monday to make it case.

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