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Sonic.Net Offering 1 Gbps, Unlimited Phone for $40 in California
by Karl Bode 05:13PM Friday May 16 2014
Sonic.net says the company is expanding their 1 Gbps fiber to the home service to the city of Brentwood, California. According to a company statement (pdf), Brentwood locals will be able to get 1 Gbps broadband and unlimited phone service for just $40 a month, the lowest price I've seen anywhere for that speed. Sonic tells me about 8,000 homes and businesses (largely new build areas and developments) will be able to sign up for the service within fifteen months courtesy of a public/private agreement struck between Sonic and the city of Brentwood.

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Sonic also says that if 30% of homes subscribe in an area, they'll provide free connectivity to the local school. As with Google Fiber, Sonic says they'll use signups to guide where they'll first build in areas with existing in-ground conduit. They'll then build the 1 Gbps service out to additional, older areas if demand warrants.

"In Brentwood we will conduct a pre-signup survey for the neighborhoods in the older sections of the city, and based upon level of interest we will build," Sonic CEO Dane Jasper tells me. "We have committed to build at least one neighborhood, and will make that selection in the next four to six months based upon the level of interest."

Deployed areas have two choices: 1 Gbps service with unlimited phone for $40 a month, or 5Mbps broadband with no phone service that's free for five years. Jasper tells me there will be an activation fee for those latter user, that's not set yet, but should be in the $300 to $400 range.

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Santa Monica, CA
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reply to Coke

Re: Don't worry

Sure, there is now a double-secret hidden policy permitting you to return the modem, but it isn't published, it isn't disclosed, and it isn't well-known.

Why are you citing a forum entry instead of the sales page where the disclosure should be?

When we asked, we were told, in no uncertain terms, that we had to rent a modem, and that came from the top. Dane echoed that policy online - no nuances. Eventually, we found one C/S agent who didn't get the message, and "hooked us up".

MNSi Internet

Windsor, ON

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reply to gergles
said by gergles:

The absolute cheapest you can get the $39.95asterisk plan for is $56.11 (or 40.4% higher than the advertised price). But I guess $56.11 doesn't sound as cool as $40.

Not excusing below the line pricing, but it's still cheap at that price.
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Austin, TX

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reply to tmh

Re: The new normal

Sonic is pro-Net Neutrality. AT&T might try what you're talking about, but Sonic? Nope. Sonic wants content companies to peer with them, so they aren't going to charge for that privilege.


Jacksonville, NC

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reply to dvd536

Re: See what you can do. . . . .

"When you don't have LEGACY VIDEO revenues to protect."

That's not it. They don't have to build the infrastructure and maintain it AND provide the service also. Makes a world of difference.

as Mr. Pink as they come
Phoenix, AZ

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When you don't have LEGACY VIDEO revenues to protect.

if they can offer at this price point and turn a profit, shows you how much the big boys are ripping you off.
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