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CenturyLink Promises 1 Gbps in Parts of 16 Cities...Someday
by Karl Bode 10:17AM Tuesday Aug 05 2014
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.

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xthepeoplesx

join:2013-10-21

1 recommendation

Or....

Maybe they should concentrate on getting 10mbps to the rest of their customers? ehh ehh? Just an idea.
existenz

join:2014-02-12
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Re: Or....

Is CL Gbit live anywhere yet?

Dezbend
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join:2001-04-20

Re: Or....

said by Karl Bode:

The company has offered 1 Gbps services to a small number of users in Omaha and Las Vegas since last year.

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existenz

join:2014-02-12
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Re: Or....

Ah, missed that. Any speedtests out there?

Dezbend
Premium,MVM
join:2001-04-20

Re: Or....

»Re: Has anyone been able to get gigabit service in Vegas?

minnesnowta

@98.240.138.x
said by existenz:

Is CL Gbit live anywhere yet?

According to this article: »www.startribune.com/business/270022351.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.

fg8578

join:2009-04-26
Salem, OR
said by xthepeoplesx:

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.
Papageno

join:2011-01-26
Portland, OR
Or (gasp) 25! But no, that's for the sci-fi future of 2050 or so.

Speaking of which, it's gonna be 2019 in just a few years--hope they're at least starting to build the factories to produce those Sean Young and Daryl Hannah bots.
biochemistry
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92361

Re: Or....

They are only producing Rutger Hauer and Harrison Ford bots.
Papageno

join:2011-01-26
Portland, OR

Re: Or....

Color me bummed.
puck0114

join:2005-12-24
Portland, OR
LOL CenturyLink

M35

@69.47.67.x
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.
xthepeoplesx

join:2013-10-21

Re: Or....

What I love is every other month we are in a state of "bandiwdth exhaust". Just say what you mean CL, you dont want to upgrade the lines.

somms

join:2003-07-28
Salt Lake City, UT

1 recommendation

Doubt that CenturyLink will be able to beat Utopia's cost for 1 Gbps in SLC!

www.utopianet.org/pricelist/

FWIW: A total of 4 out of the 8 avail Utopia providers offering symmetrical 1Gbps in Salt Lake City for just $65/month!
openbox9
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Germany
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Re: Doubt that CenturyLink will be able to beat Utopia's cost for 1 Gbps in SLC!

Maybe CL will be a provider on Utopia. Seems like an easy target to me.

somms

join:2003-07-28
Salt Lake City, UT

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Re: Doubt that CenturyLink will be able to beat Utopia's cost for 1 Gbps in SLC!

said by openbox9:

Maybe CL will be a provider on Utopia. Seems like an easy target to me.

Qwest Sues UTOPIA

EXCLUSIVE: CenturyLink Paid For uNOpia

Considering that Qwest aka Century Link has gone out of its way to block Utopia as competition for years I think the likelihood of this occurring is slim to none...
openbox9
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Re: Doubt that CenturyLink will be able to beat Utopia's cost for 1 Gbps in SLC!

Old news. Deals frequently happen with the Devil.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
Yeah, that would actually make sense. Then they could invest nothing in their own network and still offer gig...
openbox9
Premium
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Germany
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Re: Doubt that CenturyLink will be able to beat Utopia's cost for 1 Gbps in SLC!

Yes, easy target to satisfy part of the PR claim.

Dezbend
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join:2001-04-20

symmetrical upstreeam

"CenturyLink's announcement does not offer specifics on pricing or upstream speeds on the 1 Gbps offering."

»www.centurylink.com/fiber/

CenturLink's website says:

Upload and download files at symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gig
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toby
Troy Mcclure

join:2001-11-13
Seattle, WA

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Re: symmetrical upstreeam

There is CL's trademark 'up to'.

catchingup

@135.23.225.x

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Re: symmetrical upstreeam

said by toby:

There is CL's trademark 'up to'.

Every connection on the planet is "up to".

RWSI

join:2012-11-27
Albuquerque, NM

Debt

More debt, still losing customers. CL is going to have to face the fact failure is an option. 1Gig connections are in reality very expensive.
Who is at the helm here. EX Home Base collage folks.

catchingup

@135.23.225.x

Re: Debt

said by RWSI:

More debt, still losing customers. CL is going to have to face the fact failure is an option. 1Gig connections are in reality very expensive.
Who is at the helm here. EX Home Base collage folks.

For what consumers use Internet connections for 1Gbps connections are not expensive at all.

summaryprobl

@70.210.132.x

1Gig Symmetrical

The first line of the PR addresses the upload question.

TAZ

join:2014-01-03
Tucson, AZ
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Business only?

What's this distinction? 1G has been available for business customers for a long time, it's just been a matter of if you're willing to pay for it.

catchingup

@135.23.225.x

Re: Business only?

said by TAZ:

What's this distinction? 1G has been available for business customers for a long time, it's just been a matter of if you're willing to pay for it.

Common sense is that the primary focus is consumer Internet connections.

TAZ

join:2014-01-03
Tucson, AZ
kudos:3

Re: Business only?

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.

For residential, you are completely correct.
Nemesis158

join:2012-09-15
Spokane, WA

Re: Business only?

I too am located in one of the cities that will only get this for business. considering the current array of options available here now, this highly disappoints me.
rontom

join:2006-04-09
Wright City, MO

Century Link Promises.....

How about working on this CenturyLink:


brad152

join:2006-07-27
Phoenix, AZ
Reviews:
·CenturyLink

Re: Century Link Promises.....

My 40Mbps seems just fine in Phoeinx, and here in Kansas City i'm using a 10Mbps DSL line just fine.

political_i

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Seattle

»online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-201···848.html

Looks like West Seattle, Ballard, Beacon Hill, and the Central District. They probably already have trunks there. Easy upgrades are probably going to be targeted first.
greatshow09

join:2013-07-07
Minneapolis, MN

Screw you guys. I am getting it :D

1st things 1st, they say it will be done by the end of the year. Second, I am one of the covered cities. So, no complaints from me. So long 40mbps, hello 1gbps.

Poor guys.