Look Out Google Fiber, $35-A-Month Gigabit Internet Comes to Vermont (by Shalini Ramachandran for WSJ 26 April 2013)
Heads up Google GOOG +1.94% Fiber: A rural Vermont telephone company might just have your $70 gigabit Internet offer beat.
Vermont Telephone Co. (VTel), whose footprint covers 17,500 homes in the Green Mountain State, has begun to offer gigabit Internet speeds for $35 a month, using a brand new fiber network. So far about 600 Vermont homes have subscribed.
Even more interesting:
VTel joins an increasing number of rural telephone companies who, having lost DSL share to cable Internet over the years, are reinvesting in fiber-to-the-home networks.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that more than 700 rural telephone companies have made this switch, according to the Fiber to the Home Council, a trade group, and Calix Inc. CALX +3.60%, a company that sells broadband equipment to cable and fiber operators. That comes as Google’s Fiber project, which began in Kansas City and is now extending to cities in Utah and Texas, has raised the profile of gigabit broadband and has captured the fancy of many city governments around the country.
“Google has really given us more encouragement,” Mr. Guite said. Mr. Guite said he was denied federal money for his upgrades the first time he applied, but won it the second time around—after Google had announced plans to build out Fiber.
With a combination of fast fiber and fast wireless, we could have $35/month real broadband Internet (10Mbps and up) right here in Valdosta, Lowndes County, and south Georgia. Maybe like the mission of the Vermont Telecommuncations Authority:
To ensure residences and business in all regions of the state have access to affordable broadband, mobile voice and data communications.
Where there’s a will there’s a way. In Vermont, IBT reports they’re using a horse to pull some fiber optic cable. Do our elected officials and business leaders around here have the will down home here in south Georgia?
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