Associated Press

JACKSON – The parent company of C Spire Wireless will build a $20 million data center in Starkville, with hopes of selling more computer services to businesses.

Ridgeland-based C Spire plans to break ground in November and complete construction on the first phase in November 2014, when customers would begin using the center.

Plans were announced Thursday at a news conference at Mississippi State University’s Thad Cochran Research Park, which will host the 22,000 square foot first phase. Two more phases are planned.

C Spire Chief Operating Officer Kevin Hankins says the company will use part of the capacity, but the project is mainly designed for outside users.

The city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County waived non-school property taxes for 10 years to lure the project.

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