Welcome to another Gigabites Friday. In this week's edition, the town of Leverett, Mass. gets 81% uptake on local gigabit Internet service, US Internet in Minnesota adds new broadband tiers with speeds up to 2.5 and 5 Gbit/s, Suddenlink expands to new gigabit cities and more.
The Leverett gigabit service exists thanks to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, which deployed a 1,200-mile middle mile fiber network in the region, and a combination of state grants and taxes. The service currently costs about $75 per month, but that price could drop if more subscribers (i.e. some of those in the last 19% of households) sign up. Leverett Municipal Light Plant, the organization that runs the local network, spreads its maintenance fees across the entire subscriber base. If more users buy in, the fee per user will go down.
Of note, Leverett was originally part of WiredWest, a coalition of Massachusetts towns working to raise money for gigabit deployments. However, Leverett says it has since withdrawn from the coalition. (See Gigabites: Google Fiber Forges On.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading