Sonic.net said Wednesday that it had applied to build an initial pilot network capable of serving 2,000 homes in the Sunset District, with eyes on a five-year buildout that would "reach most San Francisco premises." That planned network would be served from about 188 outdoor utility cabinets.
Pending permit approval, the ISP, which currently offers copper-based broadband and phone service in the Bay Area (its fastest-growing market) and hates broadband consumption caps, intends to begin construction in 2012.
Sonic.net already has a similar network up and running in Sebastopol, Calif., where it sells a 1-Gig service for $69.95 per month.
Why this matters
Sonic.net's planned fiber network aims to push the envelope on residential speeds and pricing and to do so in a location that could give the ISP the kind of notoriety Google is getting for a 1-Gig experiment underway in the Kansas Cities.
Sonic.net's also looking to apply pressure to the larger incumbents in the market such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) ... if the city lets it happen. AT&T's planned deployment of 768 similarly sized cabinets in the area is in a holding pattern amid a lawsuit filed by community groups that want a study done on the environmental impact of the deployment, notes The San Francisco Chronicle.
Read more about Google's similar 1-Gig jig in mid-America.
- Google's Other Fiber Project Revs to 150 Mbit/s
- Google's Fiber Engineers Descend on Kansas City
- Will Google Start a 1-Gig Fiber Renaissance?
- Google's 1-Gig Fiber Winner: Kansas City, KS
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable