Google is not the only Gigabit provider!

James

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[h=1] [/h] Want gigabit internet? yes-we know Google is working on it. But did you know there are other options sprouting up here and there? Tale a look at This list of who, what and where for Gigabit fiber offerings. Thanks to High Speed Geek for compiling all this data. How fast to we need to go? Just because we have the fiber...will we need to upgrade all our equipment to handle the speed?


Mississippi (city to be decided): Residents here will have to wait a while, but C Spire just announced that it will roll a gigabit service out to at least one community in Mississippi. C Spire is taking applications now and says it will begin service "as early as possible in 2014." C Spire isn't saying how many residents will be eligible, but it promises to "deploy in the largest number of homes possible."


Chattanooga, Tennessee: EPB, a local Internet service provider, just lowered its prices for gigabit service from $300 a month to only $70, the Washington Post reports. 2,500 "elite users" will get their gigabits by early October, while 39,000 will be sitting pretty at 100Mbps.


Seattle: Gigabit Squared, an economic development corporation, aims to bring gigabit bandwidth to 100,000 Seattle residents and businesses. $80 per month is the price, with the first 14 neighborhoods coming online in early 2014. Also in Seattle, CondoInternet already provides gigabit service to condos and apartment buildings for $120 a month.


Chicago: Another project spearheaded by Gigabit Squared would bring the service to 4,825 residents, businesses, schools, and health care organizations in a first phase targeting Chicago's South Side neighborhoods. No firm timeline is set, but the project announcement in October 2012 said, "gigabit broadband access will be potentially available to as many as 210,000 residents who live in over 79,000 households as well as the 10,000 commercial businesses in the area."


Sebastapol, California: As we reported last year, Sonic.net brought gigabit fiber for $69.95 per month to this small town in Sonoma County. Sonic.net also has plans for San Francisco.


Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Telecom charges $149.99 per month, with a one-year commitment, for symmetrical gigabit service.


Lafayette, Louisiana.: The community-owned LUS Fiber advertises a residential service providing a gigabit in each direction, but at $999.95 per month it's priced more like a business service. 100Mbps costs $199.95.
Cedar Falls, Iowa: A gigabit here (with 500Mbps up) is pricey at $267.50 per month. The 120Mbps/60Mbps tier drops the price down to $137.50.


Tullahoma, Tennessee: For $299.95 a month, LightTube will give you a gigabit in both directions.


Bristol, Virginia.: BVU offers gigabit speeds in Bristol and numerous small towns in the area. $319.95 provides a gigabit down and uploads of 50Mbps. A 250Mbps/30Mbps service costs $256.95.


Wilson, North Carolina: GreenLight Community Broadband provides a gigabit up and down for $149.95, and boasts, "No modem needed! Our technician will install Ethernet cable right to your computer."


Morristown, Tennessee: The Morristown Utility Systems website only names a price for speeds up to 20Mbps up and 10Mbps down ($74.95). Residents can call the organization to ask about gigabit prices.


Clarksville, Tennessee: The Clarksville Department of Electricity offers a gig for $349.95 a month.


East Lansing, Michigan: A building management company upgraded broadband at one apartment complex to gigabit speed this past July and promised to make it available to 2,100 residents over the next year and a half.

Orono, Maine: GWI is promising to bring symmetrical gigabit service to residents in Orono and Old Town for $139.95 a month, in partnership with the University of Maine.


Omaha: CenturyLink has promised to connect 48,000 Omaha homes and businesses to a gigabit network by October of this year.


Minneapolis: Parts of this city get a gigabit up and down from US Internet for $114.95 a month.



Melrose, Minnesota: Every resident of this city of 4,000 is getting the option to buy gigabit connectivity for $300 a month from a provider named Arvig.


Chelan County, Washington: The county's Public Utility District built a fiber optic network to most residents allowing speeds up to a gigabit. Residents can buy the service through local ISPs.



Issaquah Highlands, Wash.: Residents here can get a gigabit down and 100Mbps up for $199.90 per month.
Olds, Alberta: This Canadian city with 8,500 residents gets gigabit service for $57 a month, courtesy of O-Net.
Utah: Seven ISPs in Utah cities offer gigabit service on the Utopia network, with prices starting at $64.95 per month.
Shelby, N.C.: RST promises gigabit Internet, but details of how much it costs and how to acquire the service are scarce on its website.


Monroe County, Ind.: Smithville Communications charges $393.60 per month for 1Gbps down and 200Mbps up.
San Francisco Bay Area: Paxio's gigabit service for Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, and other Bay Area places costs $138.50 per month.


Portland metro area, Ore.: Fibersphere offers gigabit as an option to 2,400 residents for $70 a month, and plans to deploy fiber to the home to a majority of Portland residents within two years.


Gig.U: This isn't a single region, but a consortium of more than 30 research universities attempting to accelerate nationwide deployment of gigabit Internet. Gig.U is helping provide gigabit networks to residents near universities, including in a small part of Gainesville, Fla.
 

Fringe Reception

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James,

Condo Interests (Seattle) has buildings within a half mile of my location to the south and to the west. The other provider, Gigabyte Squared has yet to develop its web page.

Jim
 

dkreichen1968

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CenturyLink is advertising Gigabit connections for business customers in the Denver/Colorado Springs area. I still don't understand what you would need a Gigabit connection for home yet, but?.. I'm doing fine at 7 Mbps, what would a Gigabit be like? You are still limited by the source servers, so at what point does your connection become pointless?
 

MrPogi

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CenturyLink is advertising Gigabit connections for business customers in the Denver/Colorado Springs area. I still don't understand what you would need a Gigabit connection for home yet, but?.. I'm doing fine at 7 Mbps, what would a Gigabit be like? You are still limited by the source servers, so at what point does your connection become pointless?
Century Link is also advertising it in Las Vegas, "coming soon" for residential customers. I doubt it will reach 1gb for most customers. Still it is good to see someone trying to compete with the cable companies. But they all want me to bundle to get a decent internet price, and I refuse to pay for cable+phone

I agree that 1Gb is overkill for most anyone. As long as I can watch 2 streams at once and still have good quality VOIP phone I am happy - as long as the price is right.
 

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