Gigabit Cities

Gigabites: Cox Cozies Up to the Capital Region

Time for another Friday Gigabites. In today's issue, Cox brings gigabit love to the nation's capital, Comcast heads to the Motor City and more.

  • Bringing Internet nirvana to the land of policy wonks, Cox Communications Inc. announced this week that it's deploying gigabit broadband service in Northern Virginia, the southern end of the DC Metro area. While it won't be as cheap as gigabit service from Google Fiber Inc. ($100 as part of a bundle versus Google's $70-per-month fee), the Cox Gigablast broadband service is the first to reach the DC region with gigabit speeds. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) comes reasonably close with its 500 Mbits/s offering in the nation's capitol, but "half a gig" just doesn't have quite the same ring. (See also Cox Lays Out Gigabit Roadmap .)

    Cox also says the Gigablast service comes with a WiFi router, one terabyte of cloud storage, its family Internet security product and ten emails accounts with 15 gigabytes of storage each.

  • Nevada County in California is one step closer to getting gigabit broadband. The California Public Utilities Commission has now voted to approve $16.7 million in funding for the build-out of a fiber network that will reach nearly 2,000 households along with businesses, schools and other anchor institutions within a 21-square-mile footprint. The money will go to Spiral Internet, and will provide 60% of the total funds needed for the project. The rest of the funding will come from private investment.

    Once the network is complete, the CPUC estimates that gigabit service could still cost $119 per month for residents. However, speeds would be a vast improvement over what most locals can access today.

  • The rollout of gigabit broadband access networks is spreading. Find out what's happening where in our dedicated Gigabit Cities content channel here on Light Reading.

  • Comporium Communications has added more gigabit neighborhoods to its list. The service provider in South Carolina says it has finished deployment of a new Internet service in the Midlands region of the state. Called Zipstream, the service makes gigabit broadband available to 7,600 new homes and 1,200 new businesses.

  • Continuing its gigabit march, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has announced that the company is investing $3 million in a new fiber network deployment in the Detroit area. That won't mean residents get gigabit broadband right away, but it should lead to gigabit services over the next two to three years. Comcast also plans to deploy new public WiFi hotspots in Detroit and open a new Xfinity retail store.

    — Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

  • COO25462 12/6/2015 | 1:54:58 PM
    Thanks for highlighting the Carolinas! Thanks for highlighting Comporium's completion of their Gigabit expansion in the Midlands area of SC. It's just one more step in the greater Charlotte, NC region becoming gigified (Google Fiber, AT&T GigaPower, et. al.). We are excited about new announcements and events in the Charlotte region in 2016!

    Alan Fitzpatrick


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