Omaha next up for gigabit Internet, but it's not Google Fiber...

By on May 2, 2013, 1:00 PM

With gigabit Internet already deployed in a handful of U.S. cities, less fortunate municipalities are likely to develop -- or may already have developed -- a little gigabit-envy. The next city to join that exclusive gigabit club though will be Omaha, Nebraska -- a mid-western town inhabited by just over 400,000 citizens. This time though, it won't be Google rolling out its much-lauded fiber service though. Rather, Omaha's gigabit initiative will be realized by CenturyLink, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies.

CenturyLink says it is currently in the process of upgrading its existing fiber network and expanding that infrastructure to homes and businesses -- for that special last-mile touch. The company says it should be fully deployed by the end of October.

The service will be $79 per month (just a few bucks more than Google Fiber), but only if you bundle it with other CenturyLink services. If you want just Internet, the price doubles. That that plan in mind, it appears CenturyLink believes gigabit Internet will be a customer magnet, drawing in subscribers for its other services which should help it recoup its initial investment.

FTTH (fiber-to-the-home), also referred to as FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises), is an expensive endeavor and it's one that companies typically make customers pay a one-time installation fee for. If there are hook-up fees, CenturyLink has not yet publicized the cost. It's worth noting Google Fiber waives a $350 hook-up fee in favor of a one-year contract -- perhaps CenturyLink will take a similar approach.

Currently, Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas and Austin, Texas are the three cities where Google Fiber resides. While the search giant continues to dabble with being a gigabit ISP for $75/mo though, there do exist a select number of cities where residents can snag reasonably priced (or at least close to reasonable) gigabit Internet. Vermont, particularly its rural areas, may be the best and most recent example of affordable residential gigabit connectivity. Vtel's service is a mere $39/mo.




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MilwaukeeMike said:

I understand it makes sense to compare this service to google fiber, but no city has both so there is no competition between them. $160 is too much for internet service in my opinion, sure it's fast, but until I own a 4K TV that needs it, it's not that big a deal.

tonylukac said:

Just install that free wifi already and forget burying all those cables.

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

I get 110mbs down 15 up with comcast for $112 a month and I'm fine with it. Much more than the average household gets.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I am sitting in a studio apartment waiting on Google contractors to install the cable in my unit. Any day now... my precious.

wiyosaya said:

I understand it makes sense to compare this service to google fiber, but no city has both so there is no competition between them. $160 is too much for internet service in my opinion, sure it's fast, but until I own a 4K TV that needs it, it's not that big a deal.

I agree. $160 /mo for internet service is far too much especially when Japan is rolling out 2Gb service for $50 / Mo.

What I would love to see is the US Govt. everywhere rolling out the free wi-fi service that they talked about recently.

Guest said:

Only $79 if bundled with other services? if you have gigbit internet, what other services would you possibly need? phone and tv can both entirely be replaced with internet.

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