STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Starkville's Electric Department could begin automatic utility metering by Thanksgiving.
The Starkville Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/RSk8hD) the city utility is installing 23,000 feet of fiber optic cables around the city to create the system. The system will allow the utility to monitor customer usage and allow customers to check their own usage in real time.
Once a second phase of cabling is completed through the Mississippi State University campus, the city will also have the infrastructure in place to offer Wi-Fi Internet service throughout the city. It could also enhance the city's ability to control its own electrical use, including street lights.
General Manager Terry Kemp says he hopes giving customers more information will help keep rates down.
Information from: Starkville Daily News, http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/
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