The plan for laying a fat pipe to much of Capitol Hill and the Central District is a gigabit or two closer to fruition.
Gigabit Squared Seattle is building a high-speed fiber network to 14 areas of the city and said Monday its pipeline of broadband goodness will be ready to flow to the first service areas in Capitol Hill, the Central District and near UW by early 2014:
Gigabit Squared’s simplified fiber network pricing plans for Seattle will be structured as follows:
- Installation Charge: Installation charges will be waived for customers signing a one-year contract for 100 Mbps service or greater. Otherwise, a $350 installation fee is required.
- Service Plan Options:
- 5 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload: No charge for 60 months
- 5/1 Mbps services are transferrable to new renters or owners
- After 60 months renters or owners can convert to a 10 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload service plan for only $10 per month
- 100 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload for $45 per month
- No installation charge with one- year contract
1000 download/1000 upload Mbps for $80 per month
No installation charge with one-year contract
The company says it will announce a sign-up “process” next month. The plan is for all 14 service areas reaching more than 100,000 customers to be online by the end of 2014. The company has said it intends to eventually offer its services across all of Seattle through the combination of public and private fiber optic cables already available in the city.
To provide its service to subscribers in apartments and multifamily housing — the kind of housing that most people in its initial Capitol Hill roll-out area live — Gigabit is going wireless:
To provide initial coverage beyond the 12 demonstration neighborhoods (ed note: since updated to 14), Gigabit Seattle intends to build a dedicated gigabit broadband wireless umbrella to cover Seattle providing point-to-point radio access up to one gigabit per second. This will be achieved by placing fiber transmitters on top of 38 buildings across Seattle. These transmitters can beam fiber internet to multifamily housing and offices across Seattle, even those outside the twelve demonstration neighborhoods, as long as they are in a line of sight. Internet service would be delivered to individual units within a building through existing wiring. This wireless coverage can provide network and Internet services to customers that do not have immediate access to fiber in the city.
The pricing for a wired connection, however, might not be quite as renter-friendly — note the $350 installation fee for the fastest service for any customer unwilling to commit to a one-year contract. We’re told there is “a plan” for multifamily housing. We’ll update when we hear more.
The partnership between the city and D.C.-based Gigabit will likely put pressure on services and prices offered by established providers in the area like Comcast, Century Link and Wave. You can let us know what you’re currently paying for broadband service in comments.