Now some Eagan, Minnesota residents in our forums say CenturyLink has been mailing out postcards stating that they're evaluating a trial of 1 Gbps service in some neighborhoods.
"Join us and learn about 1 Gigabit Internet service and a trial opportunity available to you at no charge," the postcard states. "As a valued customer, we would like to invite you to take part in this innovative trial, and ask that you sign up for the trial by 7/18/14." The postcard suggests that more information should be forthcoming on June 23.
Entirely ambiguous 1 Gbps deployment "fiber to the press release" promises have become the industry's standard response to Google Fiber. Like AT&T, CenturyLink's selective deployments are portrayed to be larger than they actually are to help fight the impression they're being out-inovated in their core business by a California search engine company.
But that is only because the building is served by Comcast. I'll be moving in a year and 1GB Internet would be a selling point. Since I have a year it should shake out and I'll know it is real or just hype. -- "Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." - Robert A. Heinlein
You might also confirm what kind of real world performance they get at prime time before making a move. Sounds like they are rolling out a Gbit 'established connection' that is shared with entire neighborhoods, not really near Gbit per user as Google is doing.
I'm in Las Vegas and have checked dozens and dozens of addresses but have never found the mythical 1Gbps service from CenturyLink. I've demoed it in their retail store, but when looking at an address down the street from the store, the service wasn't even offered.
I imagine it's here somewhere, but the deployment must be very small.
I am here in North Las Vegas and I have not been able to find it either. I have spoken to some of the installers and they have indicated that it is mostly in the NW area in new communities that were setup with fiber. Older areas were passed by even if they are being served with Prism.
Vegas does have a lot of fiber for their hotels and banks, etc. But a lot of cities do. Much of it is just left unused and much of the companies that put it in the ground are bankrupt and no current owners for the fiber or companies that bought up these bankrupt companies have no clue where the fiber is even at.
2014-Jun-19 9:34 am: ·
ArkhmAsylm Evrythng I need isn't really what I want
Based on the lackluster performance of this company in their first five years (since taking over Qwest), I doubt that I'd be willing to take them up on their test...much less signing any contracts with them. -- *Tap, Tap, Tap* Is this thing on?
This may or may not be a just a PR stunt but you are seeing more and more announcements some of them will happen. If they get FTTH they can upgrade the end equipment in the future. FTTH at almost any speed is better then copper for the future. These announcements also help give support to managers the were not quite sure if the technology would catch on. The price of the electronics is getting cheaper and faster. If you get FTTH right now you will be stuck with what speed they install for years. A little delay may be worth the wait as long as the wait ends.
CenturyLink joke in my area and area I'm moving to
Live in Eden Prairie ,MN and moving to Chanhassen,MN in couple of weeks both areas the fastest Century link provides is 12 Mbps while Comcast and Mediacom both provide 105 Mbps service which I currently have with Comcast.
We moved to CL Fiber in our office about a year ago. I asked the account rep to tell me what I could get at home that was comparable. They offered me the following:
Business grade options DATA only T1 36mo term with no installation charges. CenturyLink Data T1 (1.5M Downstream / 1.5M Upstream) Dedicated and symmetrical internet access with Service Level Agreements. $269.00 per month There may be some wiring requirements with this option as wiring to a residence is sometime different than to a business.
Consumer grade options DSL 36mo term with no installation charges. Up to 40M Downstream / 5M Upstream - $144.95 Current Promo Up to 20M Downstream / 2M Upstream - $145.95 Up to 12M Downstream / 2M Upstream - $97.95