Gigabit Seattle, a broadband provider piggybacking on Seattle’s government network announced this week that it will charge $80 per month for Gigabit service. It will begin offering their broadband fiber services in pockets of the city this fall.
That’s $10 per month more than Google charges for gigabit broadband in Kansas City, but $25 less than what Comcast charges for 100 Mbps ($114.95), its fastest residential service.
Gigabit Seattle will also offer a 100 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload service for $45 per month, with no installation charge with one- year contract.
The final tier will deliver free Internet connectivity for 60 months with speeds of 5Mbits/s downstream and 1Mbit/s upstream with a $350 connect fee.
Seattle spent nearly a decade studying ways to bring ultrafast broadband to everyone in the city, using the city-owned network as a foundation. But that plan was abandoned last year by Mayor Mike McGinn. Instead, reports the Seattle Times, he decided to parcel out portions of the city network to private companies, an approach that basically ends any chance of Seattle developing a citywide, municipal broadband network.
Cities across the state and country have experimented with municipal broadband services offering alternatives to established providers that have been slow to upgrade their networks. About 8 to 9 percent of U.S. homes now have fiber-optic broadband service, mostly provided by Verizon, according to the Fiber to the Home Council trade group.
There’s a growing number of gigabit cities including Kansas City, Chattanooga, Tenn., Lafayette, La., Seattle, Chicago, Gainesville, Fla., Bristol, Va., and Burlington, Vt. – to mention a few.
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