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C Spire acquires Mobile-based Harbor Communications, plans major investment in high-speed internet for Alabama’s coastal counties

C Spire, an internet service provider and member of the Alabama Rural Broadband Coalition, is adding to its holdings with the acquisition of Mobile-based Harbor Communications.

The acquisition was announced via a virtual media briefing with executives from both C Spire and Harbor.

C Spire says that it has big plans for Harbor’s Alabama customers, all of whom are located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Beginning immediately, the company expects expansions that will allow its services to reach more locations and upgrades of the existing infrastructure to provide faster speeds.
“Harbor will continue for the foreseeable future to serve its customers under the Harbor name,” relayed Ben Moncrief, C Spire’s managing director in Alabama, with regards to the company’s current customers.

Additionally, Harbor’s current leadership team will stay in place, including Chuck Nylander, the firm’s president and general manager.

Exact figures on the total cost of the acquisition and the scope of C Spire’s investment in its new coastal customers were not immediately available Tuesday afternoon, but CEO Hu Meena said during the event that his company is investing “millions and millions” in Alabama.

The Mississippi-based C Spire first announced its Alabama expansion in December 2019 and began servicing customers in recent weeks.

“Harbor is a great addition to our family and solidifies even further our efforts to become the dominant market player in Alabama and the Southeast region,” Meena said Tuesday.

“Our customers are well positioned to benefit from C Spire’s industry expertise and deep commitment and resources to expand high speed, Gigabit internet to our region and customers,” Nylander advised.

C Spire focuses its business on providing fiber optic infrastructure that is capable of offering the highest internet speeds.

Lee Lawson, president and CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, appeared at the briefing alongside executives from the two companies.

“Fiber optic infrastructure is essential to Baldwin County,” he said during his remarks, adding that C Spire’s investment in the area will “continue the economic success we’ve had.”

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: [email protected] or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.

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