The Time of Change
Last week I celebrated my 18th anniversary with Cellular One of South MS / MegaGate Broadband, Inc. That marker along my professional journey was followed by an announcement this week about MegaGate’s future. The following is shared due to the many personal inquires I’ve received this week. Times change and so must I.
C Spire Acquires MegaGate Broadband
The press release came at 8:00am on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. MegaGate Broadband, Inc. would be acquired by C Spire, pending regulatory approval.
The press release from C Spire stated:
C SPIRE TO ACQUIRE MEGAGATE BROADBAND AS PART OF EFFORTS TO EXPAND AND DIVERSIFY ITS CORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES BUSINESS
Upon regulatory approval, merger will help technology provider expand market presence and offer comprehensive business solutions for customers in three states
Ridgeland, Miss (June 11, 2014) – Continuing efforts to expand its portfolio of services and diversify its core telecommunications and technology services portfolio, C Spire announced plans today to acquire MegaGate Broadband, a regional provider of IP voice, data, and business telecommunications solutions.
To read the full press release, click here.
About C Spire
C Spire has a long history and is a well-known telecom provider in Mississippi. This is, in my opinion, a great opportunity for MegaGate Broadband customers.
C Spire, the nation’s largest privately held wireless communications company, is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi and employs nearly 1,200.
C Spire provides wireless services and premier mobile communications devices to consumers and businesses in four states through 80 retail locations, B2B corporate and government sales teams, online at cspire.com and through its Telesales group at 1-855 CSPIRE4 (277-4734). It is the only U.S. wireless communications provider that offers customers a customer inspired wireless experience through apps and content that fit who they are, services that anticipate their needs and rewards that they receive just for using their phone in new ways. The company has nearly 1 million subscribers and continues to experience strong, steady growth.
To read more about C Spire, click here.
About MegaGate Broadband
My history with the company is long but, as The Doctor stated: Times change and so must I.
MegaGate began in 1998 as a division of Cellular One of South Mississippi. I recall our first product, MegaGate Dial-Up Internet, and the arrival of the new team of Internet Support Specialists. I remember the excitement the day I disconnected from AOL to use MegaGate instead. I love technology and those days were fantastic.
I recall the excitement when we first activated caller ID on a “cell phone”!
I will write The Story of MegaGate, given as part of new employee orientation, so that it doesn’t disappear from memory. But, for this post, I share the following excerpt:
The sale of the wireless telephone business to ALLTEL became final on February 28, 2002. During the transition period that followed the company moved company-provided wireless phones from ALLTEL to Cellular South. Now, take a moment to think about what I just said.
We, as Cellular One, went head-to-head with Cellular South as the only two carriers prior to Digiph PCS. What greater compliment could we give Cellular South than for Cellular One management to now be Cellular South customers?? This must mean that Cellular South was doing something right.
The Eleventh Doctor’s speech during the moments before his regeneration into the Twelfth Doctor takes new meaning this year and is quite poetically appropriate.
But times change, and so must I.
We all change.
When you think about it, we are all different people, all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good!
You’ve gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.
I will not forget one line of this.
Not one day.
I will always remember when The Doctor was me.
I am excited to see what C Spire brings to the MegaGate table. The HR side of me sees a strong HR department focusing on a on-boarding process that appears to be tried-and-proven. The Social Media side of me sees a very engaged social media/marketing team and that is exciting. The creative side of me sees an opportunity to possibly add my skills to the mix. The employee in me is anxiously curious about what comes next. But, guess what? That’s the exciting part!
We do have to keep moving and I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when I worked at MegaGate Broadband.