CenturyLink has announced limited expansion of their own fiber to the home service to limited portions of sixteen cities. According to the company announcement, the company's 1 Gbps service will be available in some customers in portions of Seattle, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City and twelve other cities. The company has offered 1 Gbps services to a small number of users in Omaha and Las Vegas since last year.
CenturyLink's latest announcement is rather vague; the company only says that "hundreds of thousands of residential and business customers will also have access to these advanced fiber services within the next 12 months."
"While some providers talk about bringing broadband speeds of 1 gigabit per second to their customers in the future, CenturyLink is delivering these speeds today to thousands of residential and business customers, making us one of the fastest broadband providers in these communities," said Shirish Lal, CenturyLink senior vice president of marketing.
"We are providing these cities a reliable network with ultra-fast broadband speeds that help create a foundation for a strong community, attract new businesses and drive economic growth."
CenturyLink's announcement does not offer specifics on pricing or upstream speeds on the 1 Gbps offering.
As with AT&T's recent suite of Gigapower expansion announcements, CenturyLink is engaging in something I affectionately refer to as "fiber to the press release" -- where the company deploys actual fiber only to a small handful of select, higher-end developments and campuses, then pretends that the deployments are broader than they actually are.
According to this article: »www.startribune.com/business/270 ··· 351.html , there are some areas live in the Twin Cities, but CenturyLink is not revealing where for some oddball reason. I have tried typing in random addresses and the highest I could find was 100 down in a new development where I know they are running fiber to the home. If those houses don't even have the gig option, I'm doubtful anywhere does. It could also be a situation where one house has it available so they can claim it's live.
Maybe they should concentrate on getting 10mbps to the rest of their customers? ehh ehh? Just an idea
That overlooks the fact that it is far cheaper to roll 1G out to a select few markets than it is to provide 10Mbps to ALL their customers. The economics overwhelmingly favor their announced plan over what you suggest.
I agree! I have Centurylink and it is expensive for 3Mbps/512Kbps line. And, most of the time it does not even come close to those speeds. I have to reset the modem twice daily. I would be happy if Centurylink could deliver 3Mbps without an issue first. I put Centurylink ahead of the death star (AT&T)! That is pretty dam hard to do in my book.
I get that part. I'm referring to the distinction CL has made between residential and business. If you look at the linked page, you'll see there are a few cities (including my own) which are getting this only for business connections. But my point is that this isn't really a launch as far as business connections, because 1G has been available for businesses in the past.
And still no gigabit here in Ballard... They did, however install a comically over-sized fiber node up on a utility pole across the street from Ballard HS. I've been keeping an eye on it, and the past two days they had fiber optic contractors parked underneath it, presumably hooking it up. They now offer FTTN (instead of FTTH), and my available options with CL went from 12mb to 100mb (yay?)... What a sham of an announcement, and shame on Seattle for believing they would actually give us anything worthwhile.