1G Broadband Has Finally Arrived!

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1G broadband is on its way soon for many Cox customers. However, Cox Communications isn’t the first provider of High Speed Broadband Internet to offer customers this speed. CenturyLink is already offering it to customers in a couple of areas and will roll out in more areas later this year.

Customers of other companies will have to wait a little while longer, though. Rest assured that if you aren’t a customer of one of these two companies, they will start making the announcements and rolling it out for you too, since they don’t want to lose your business.

What is 1G Broadband?

It’s fast. In fact, it’s really fast. How fast? Well, as of now, the fastest speed (throughput/bandwidth) that most companies offer is about 50 megabits per second (Mbps). 1G broadband is industry shorthand for 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second). That’s basically 20 times as fast as 50 MB (Although, there are some areas where 100 Mbps is available.)

Looking at it another way, if you currently have 50 Mbps service, that will allow you to stream movies from a site such as Netflix to three, maybe four computers and have a satisfactory streaming experience. However, with Gigabit speed, you can stream movies to 10 or more computers, all at the same time, and every computer will deliver a satisfactory streaming experience.

A satisfactory streaming experience is one where the movie starts within a couple of seconds and doesn’t start and stop during playback. Basically, it’s the same as watching a movie on HBO or something.

The Upcoming 1G Broadband Rollout from Cox Communications

Cox Communications announced on May 22 that they will have completed the rollout of gigabit broadband by the end of next year in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, Nebraska. To start with, this service will only be available in a few select neighborhoods in these three cities. They also mentioned that the service will be available in a few newly constructed condo and apartment complexes.

More Good News from Cox Communications

That wasn’t the only announcement that Cox made, though. If you’re a Cox High Speed Internet Preferred customer, you’re going to see your maximum download speed increase from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps. Cox HSI Premier customers will see their speeds jump from 50 Mbps up to 100. They didn’t say anything about whether this speed increase will come with a matching price increase, though.

Want More Good News?

Cox also announced that Phoenix and Las Vegas are also going to get a Cox Wi-Fi network. If they don’t charge for access to this citywide Wi-Fi network (also known as a metropolitan area network.), you might be able to save some money on your cell phone bill every month because you won’t need as much cellular data. Jump over to a service like Republic Wireless, and you can see your bill drop to about $10 a month per line!

CenturyLink Beat Them to the Punch

This is all great news for Cox customers, but CenturyLink Communications beat them to it by a few months. I reported on this back in March. Not coincidentally, the Cox announcement targets the very same cities that CenturyLink customers have already started getting fiber to the home (FTTH) (Phone, TV, and Internet service delivered to the house via fiber optic cable).

Cox’s announcement didn’t mention whether the infrastructure and equipment upgrades that they are undertaking means FTTH or copper coaxial upgrades. However, experience tells me that it means at least fiber to the street level and a Cat6A Ethernet cable to the house. My guess is fiber all the way to the house since gigabit pretty much maxes out Ethernet cable capabilities over the distances required. Cox further stated that they will eventually offer 1G broadband to all customers nationwide, but they didn’t give a timeline for that rollout.

So, are you a Cox Communications HSI Preferred or Premier customer? If so, are you excited to hear this? Drop me a line and let me know in the comments below.

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