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CenturyLink Hints at 1 Gbps in Minnesota
by Karl Bode 12:48PM Wednesday Jun 18 2014 Tipped by marcw See Profile
Though Omaha and Las Vegas are the only formally announced 1 Gbps CenturyLink markets, the ISP keeps vaguely hinting at additional deployments. With Google Fiber maybe coming to Portland, CenturyLink has been promising 1 Gbps to some customers there if they sign long-term contracts now.

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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.

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Kilroy
Premium,MVM
join:2002-11-21
Saint Paul, MN

Not available where I am

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.
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existenz

join:2014-02-12
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Google Fiber

Re: Not available where I am

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.
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: Not available where I am

They will probably be using GPON. Not the most ideal technology for delivering Gigabit speeds but it is doable if they keep the split ratio low.

wizkid6

join:2002-03-31
Opelika, AL

Re: Not available where I am

said by silbaco:

They will probably be using GPON

If they are going be offering 1Gb for $70 (or less) per month, they should be using XGPON (10G-PON).

said by silbaco:

Not the most ideal technology for delivering Gigabit speeds

Indeed. The gigabit service will probably be $500 per month unless they use XGPON.
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: Not available where I am

said by wizkid6:

said by silbaco:

They will probably be using GPON

If they are going be offering 1Gb for $70 (or less) per month, they should be using XGPON (10G-PON).

They should be, but I doubt they are. I get the impression from one of the Calix case studies that their gigabit deployment in Omaha is regular GPON.

It is too bad we have yet to see a single review from someone who has their gigabit service. That would tell us more.
Eek2121

join:2002-10-12
Newton, NJ
Heh, i wish google fiber would 'promise' rollout in my area. CenturyLink has the entire area rolled out with fiber, but charges $1,000 for 20 mbit.
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tourdefrance

@24.253.127.x

1 recommendation

Can't find 1Gbps in Las Vegas

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.
SatManager

join:2011-03-17
North Las Vegas, NV

Re: Can't find 1Gbps in Las Vegas

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.

tourdefrance

@24.253.127.x

Re: Can't find 1Gbps in Las Vegas

Yeah, I've also heard it's in the Northwest. Thing is all the places I've checked are in the Northwest - even new developments - and haven't seen a thing.

Supposedly, Las Vegas has tons of fiber due to the Switch data center and the hotels on the strip. Just not connected in the last mile yet.
ITGeeks

join:2014-04-20
Cleveland, OH

Re: Can't find 1Gbps in Las Vegas

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.

ArkhmAsylm
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join:2006-02-22
Saint Paul, MN
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·Comcast

CenturyLink...blah


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.
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WhatNow
Premium
join:2009-05-06
Charlotte, NC
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable

Snowball

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.
AndyDufresne
Premium
join:2010-10-30
Chanhassen, MN

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.

Centurylink should stick to trying to scare Comcast customers:
»promotions.centurylink.com/inter···antrust/

holocron
Premium
join:2004-06-28
Minneapolis, MN

We'll never see this in MPLS.

We'll never see this in MPLS.

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

I ended up with Comcast....
devolved

join:2012-07-11
Rapid City, SD

Signing a contract doesn't guarantee anything other than the fact you're stu

Signing a contract doesn't guarantee anything other than the fact you're stuck with that company for the duration of the contract.

CenturyLink can promise all they want, it's action that speaks louder than words.