As Westminster begins serving customers with its new FTTH network and partner Ting, we were curious how many communities are there where a residential subscriber can obtain affordable gigabit access? We estimate the number of networks, large or small, where a majority of residents in a community can obtain gigabit service for $100 or less to be 12. Westminster will be there in a few years.
Update: Russellville, Kentucky; Salisbury, North Carolina; and Wilson, North Carolina, also offer a gigabit, bringing the total number of citywide gigabit networks to 16. On September 1, we added another network that we previously overlooked - CSpire in Quitman and Flora, Mississippi (and soon others).
Municipal citywide, sub $100 gigabit providers:
- Leverett, Massachusetts
- North Kansas City, Missouri
- Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Tullahoma, Tennessee
- Sandy, Oregon
- UTOPIA Cities, Utah
- Russellville, Kentucky
- Salisbury, North Carolina (Fibrant)
- Wilson, North Carolina (Greenlight)
- Paul Bunyan Communications, Minnesota
- Farmer's Telecom, Alabama
- Co-Mo Connect, Missouri
- Google - Kansas City, Provo
- CSpire - Quitman and Flora, Mississippi
- MetroNet - Crawfordsville, Indiana (formerly a muni)
- Burlington, Vermont - (currently privately owned, formerly a muni with future in limbo)
We included municipal networks, cooperatives, and privately owned companies. When considering networks that cover multiple jurisdictions in a single area, we counted it as one (thus Google counts as 1 in KC, Chattanooga is 1 in TN). And we were looking for gigabit networks - not just gigabit download. While we prefer to see symmetrical connections, we accepted 500 Mbps up for our threshold.
We could not identify any cities served by AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Comcast, Cox, or any other similar company where the majority of the community has access to a gig. Those providers tend to cherry pick and even then, their prices are over $100 typically. For example, CenturyLink advertises a gig at $80 but then requires other services and hidden fees that make the monthly bill closer to $150.