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Fiber footprint increases while prices drop

A bundle of optical fibers.

 

As the review process for the proposed Charter purchase of Time Warner Cable continues to advance slowly, internet users around the United States are seeing more rapid gains in the expansion of fiber options. While Google Fiber has been one of the major leaders in this expansion, CenturyLink and AT&T have also been making gains. Throwing its hat into the ring now is Comcast, which is trying to differentiate itself from the competition.

 

While the current speed people can expect from fiber is around 1Gbps, Comcast is doubling this and offering speeds of 2 Gbps. Known as Gigabit Pro, these services will be offered to households in parts of Tennessee, Florida, California, and Georgia. Ultimately, the goal is to bring these services to around 20 million homes by the early part of 2016.

 

The latest reports indicate that Comcast is expanding its Gigabit Pro service area to include more of the Midwest and western United States. Regions of Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Oregon will soon be able to enjoy speeds twice as fast as other service providers in the state. This latest round of expansion has industry insiders buzzing that Comcast has invested more heavily in its fiber infrastructure than previously believed. In addition to their Gigabit Pro service, Comcast plans to launch Extreme 250 by the end of the year. This service will offer speeds of 250 Mbps.

 

Although their speeds may lack what Comcast will soon offer, CenturyLink continues to offer its 1 Gbps services in certain parts of the United States. By the end of 2015, they hope to have finished connecting over one million businesses and households to their fiber service. The same is true for AT&T which is expanding its U-verse fiber footprint in Illinois and Tennessee.

 

As more of these services are being offered, prices have been dropping. Initially, AT&T had been pricing its services in the $120 range, but competition has caused them to drop prices in some areas, including in the southern United States, by up to $50 per month. Google Fiber is currently offering its services for $70 to $100 per month. Even though Comcast’s Gigabit Pro provides speeds twice as fast as its competitors, the proposed price of $299 per month may turn off many consumers. What is clear, however, is that unlike AT&T, Comcast has no plans to establish a usage cap on anyone using Gigabit Pro.

 

AT&T Backs Off From Delays To Fiber Deployment, Following FCC Investigation

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson made some controversy a few weeks ago — claiming all fiber deployment had been postponed — following President Obama’s support of Title II reclassification for broadband companies.

Title II reclassification could harm AT&T’s core broadband business, by imposing regulations that would stop things like fast-lanes, price-hikes and underdevelopment.

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Verizon: “We Could Offer 1Gbps, But You Don’t Need It”

Verizon is criminal of a lot of anti-consumer activity, but one of the worst crimes (and Verizon aren’t the only ISP) is telling customers what they do and don’t need, regardless of offering the choice.

Time Warner Cable was the first to sprout this complaint – claiming users don’t want high-speed fiber, despite evidence of Google Fiber’s growth showing customers want to buy into 1Gbps Internet.

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Alaska GCI will offer 1Gbps, with data caps

Alaska could be the next US state to offer 1Gbps Internet speeds, but with a rather obnoxious catch: data caps. The Alaskan ISP, General Communications Inc (GCI) announced a few months ago they would update their lines to 1Gbps,  but gave no specifics.

Ever since the announcement, GCI has been promoting the fact Fiber re:D will offer 1Gbps. Still no date on when Alaskans will get it, even though Anchorage is expected to be the first city sometime in 2015.

The 1Gbps speed will surpass 250mbps as the best in the state. Alaska has a rather low internet speed and internet adoption overall, but has been growing in the past five years at a considerable rate, unlike other states.

In an statement on data caps, GCI said:

Despite the speed increase, Landes said GCI has no plans to remove its cap to data usage. The fastest plan offered by GCI, 250 mbps, comes with a data cap of 500 gigabytes. Landes said the purpose of GCI’s data caps is to manage the strain on its network and ensure it can offer the speeds it advertises to customers.

Data caps are definitely not a good move, but GCI is the most valuable ISP in Alaska. If you want average Internet, they are the only provider in the state, meaning they get to in-act their own laws.

The 500 gigabytes data cap should be more than enough for more families, even though it still makes heavy Internet users run the risk of getting harshly billed for overusing the network.

From previous experience, we know that data caps are nothing for the 90 percent of customers in an area, but for the 10 percent who live on the Internet, it becomes a walk on a tightrope to manage data every month, to make sure you’re in line.

Great Works Internet expanding 1Gbps to South Portland, Maine

Great Works Internet is expanding their 1Gbps fiber optic service to South Portland, Maine. This is the second city in the state to receive high-speed Internet from GWI, working with the state to fund the broadband investment.

South Portland business and residential customers will be able to buy into the 1Gbps Internet. We are not sure how the deployment will be structure, Great Works Internet will be providing $150,000 for the municipal installation, the other half coming from the state.

Residents in South Portland will be able to pay $70 per month for the 1Gbps Internet. This is the same price as Google Fiber in Kansas City and looks to be the benchmark for fiber optic companies, who are set on bringing high-speed Internet to cities.

For business owners, Great Works Internet have a separate $200 per month package available. This should be great for any businesses in media, entertainment, software or services, who need fast connection.

Someone in the forums brought up a valid point – why is Great Works Internet focusing on cities with low-speed Internet, and not a lot of competition.

Normally, ISPs only focus on areas where competition is high or there is no competition, but in South Portland the competition is just weak, with DSL providers still holding most customers down.

This is the main reason why Great Works Internet see Maine as a great opportunity. The state has rather high-income compared to other places, meaning 1Gbps customers should be of a higher frequency.

South Portland is a rather wealthy area of Maine. Businesses are not a huge part of the city, but there is a large industrial side on the shore, for imports and exports.