Gigabit Cities

Gigabites: Ting Makes Holly Springs Sing

Welcome to the return of Gigabites. In this week's edition, Ting moves into North Carolina, Mozilla brings new money into Austin, Comcast loses out on an Oregon gigabit tax break and more.

  • Continuing its foray into lesser-known markets, Ting, a division of Tucows , announced this week that it will begin construction in its third gigabit market before the end of the summer, with service expected to go live in parts of Holly Springs, NC before the end of the year.

    Deployment in Holly Springs follows earlier rollouts in Charlottesville, Va. and Westminster, Md. Ting has also announced plans to bring gigabit service to a fourth market, the Greater Sandpoint area in Idaho. (See Gigabites: In TV, 15 Google Fibers Make One Mediacom.)

    Like Google Fiber Inc. , Ting assesses consumer interest to determine where to build out fiber in any given region. The company also passes on a home installation cost to subscribers, which can add up to as much as $200 per home, or $400 per business. The monthly cost for symmetrical gigabit broadband is $89 for residential customers and $139 for commercial subscribers.

  • For more gigabit coverage and insights, check out our dedicated Gigabit/Broadband content channel here on Light Reading.

  • Earlier this month, Mozilla had some promising news for the city of Austin, Texas. In conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Ignite , Mozilla announced it's expanding funding to Austin as part of its Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund. The company will deliver $150,000 to grant recipients in the city for innovative projects that use the local Google Fiber gigabit network. The application process will start in August and continue through October 18. Mozilla has also said it will provide an additional $134,000 in funding to its other Mozilla Gigabit Cities, Chattanooga and Kansas City. (See White House Funding Seeds Smart Cities.)

  • It looked like Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) would catch a tax break in Oregon for its multi-gigabit Gigabit Pro service, but now it appears the cable company is out of luck. The Oregon Department of Revenue ruled that Comcast isn't eligible for a tax incentive that was initially put in place to try to woo Google Fiber to the state. Lawmakers said the tax break wasn't intended to support a service that sells for $300 per month.

  • Cable One Inc. is expanding its GigaONE service into new regions. The operator says it will make gigabit broadband available in the Arizona towns of Cottonwood and Clarkdale before the end of 2016, with a promise to serve all customers in those areas – a not-so-subtle dig at the Google Fiber model of only offering broadband where customer demand is strong.

  • And finally, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is spreading its gigabit love to new areas of California and Texas. The company announced this month that it's expanding to new regions in parts of San Francisco, San Jose, Dublin, Mountain View, Santa Clara and San Ramon, as well as to new locations in Dallas.

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

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