C Spire buying Hattiesburg's MegaGate Broadband

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mobile and Internet provider C Spire says it will buy MegaGate Broadband of Hattiesburg, which sells phone and Internet services to businesses.

The move, announced Wednesday, is part of Ridgeland-based C Spire's continued diversification into a broader array of phone, Internet and video services, which includes a new focus on business customers.

"We really want to be a full-service telecommunications provider focused on consumer wireless, broadband Internet, IP voice, wireless and cloud-based business services," spokesman Dave Miller wrote in an email.

The price and other terms are not being disclosed.

Miller said the sale should close in about 60 days, pending regulatory approvals. He said no changes in MegaGate employment are currently anticipated. C Spire has about 1,250 employees.

Megagate was founded in 1998 as part of another wireless firm Cellular One, and became independent in 1990. Miller said MegaGate is strongest in southern Mississippi. It's the second recent purchase of a business-focused firm for C Spire, which in February bought Callis Communications of Mobile, Alabama.