CenturyLink said it is building out its networks in 16 cities to offer symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps.

In some of the new markets, CenturyLink plans to offer both residential and business services. In some markets, it will be making gigabit connectivity availability only to business customers.

Following a pattern set by Verizon with FiOS and AT&T U-verse with their residential services, and copied recently by Google Fiber, CenturyLink will be cherry-picking neighborhoods where it will offer the new services.

CenturyLink has also been reported to be negotiating with some of the cities, including Portland, Ore., for video franchises.

The carrier had been experimenting with gigabit networking in in parts of Omaha, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. CenturyLink will be expanding its gigabit network in all three.

Among the markets that will be getting their first tastes of CenturyLink’s gigabit services, CenturyLink is targeting business customers only in Spokane, Phoenix, Tucson, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, and Sioux Falls.

Gigabit connectivity will be available to both business and residential subscribers in Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Columbia and Jefferson City in Missouri, and in Orlando.

Residential customers can purchase 1 Gbps service for a monthly charge of $79.95 when bundled with additional, qualifying CenturyLink services.