Utopia testing Gbps residential broadband
Utopia said it is now testing what appears to be the first gigabyte (1000 Mbps) residential broadband service.
The Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency (Utopia), which operates a municipal fiber-to-the-premises network, said it is now actually providing a 100 Mbps symmetrical broadband service. To a single customer. So far.
The customer, who resides in Layton, Utah, is getting service through Idaho-based FuzeCore, one of the service providers participating in the Utopia network.
FuzeCore's 100 Mbps service is available for $147 per month and offers a dedicated 100 Mbps downstream and 100 Mbps upstream.
By way of comparison, Cablevision said it will charge $99 per month for its new 101 Mbps service (story here), and Shaw Communications was charging $250 per month when it introduced its 100 Mbps service a couple of months ago (story here).
The Utopia network, owned by a group of 16 Utah cities, provides physical fiber-optic infrastructure directly to customers’ homes. Private-sector companies use the network to provide Internet, phone, video and other broadband services to business and residential customers.