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The service will be available in the next 60 days

North Carolina residents are on the list for Google's Fiber deployment of super fast internet speeds, but gigabit speeds are coming sooner than previously thought -- and not via Google.

According to WRAL, North Carolina-based RST Fiber will beat Google to the punch in the Tar Heel state with the promise of gigabit internet speeds within the next 60 days. 

Aside from gigabit speeds, RST Fiber also promises a la carte TV services (rather than packages) and uncompressed video including 4K.

Privately held RST Fiber's network runs from the coast to the mountains, spanning about 3,100 miles. 

"The 5G network is here," said RST Fiber co-founder and CEO Dan Limerick. "This network will enable the Internet of Everything."

RST Fiber uses Cisco technology to operate its network, which is the creator of the term "Internet of Everything." It's defined as smart devices of all kinds (computers, phones, TVs, thermostats, etc.) having Internet connectivity and connecting people. 

To provide access to the high-speed service, RST will install Wi-Fi towers around Raleigh that have a 1.5 to 2 mile operating radius. Once within the operating range, users will simply type in a password to login and connect.  

RST Fiber will first roll out to Raleigh, with south Charlotte following over the next month. Asheville will receive service about the same time as Raleigh, and some ares of the Triangle outside of Raleigh also will be linked to RST Fiber (although it's not yet clear where). 

RST's internet service is expected to cost $99 a month, with TV and other services yet to be priced (RST is working with content providers at the moment). 

Currently, Google Fiber has data transfer speeds of 1 gigabit per second. It went live in Kansas City in 2012, starting off with 700Mbps downloads and 600Mbps uploads. 
In April of last year, it was reported that Google Fiber would expand to Utah and Texas. It plans to build its gigabit network in North Carolina in the future. 

Sources: WRAL, Triangle Business Journal

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By laviathan05 on 3/12/2014 3:00:01 PM , Rating: 3
I wish I had companies fighting for the opportunity to sell me a gigabit connection. That and non-bundled television? I'm jealous.

RE: Jealous
By Brandon Hill on 3/12/2014 3:06:46 PM , Rating: 2
I just want to see how Time Warner Cable and AT&T (DSL & U-Verse) will respond to this. Those are the only options we have in the Raleigh area for high-speed internet.

RE: Jealous
By mchentz on 3/12/2014 3:23:34 PM , Rating: 4
Time warner and AT&T will have to compete. Here's hoping anyway. The lobby in NC is very strong so it would not surprise me if they tried to lobby their way out of this instead of competing.

RE: Jealous
By AntiM on 3/12/2014 4:58:32 PM , Rating: 2
They (AT&T and TW) did manage to get municipal internet projects banned in NC, this is a private company, so they really can't do much about it. I'm sure they will try.

RE: Jealous
By sigmatau on 3/13/2014 12:20:50 AM , Rating: 2
I live near Raleigh. I was in Best Buy and a salesman (apparently from Time Warner Cable) came up to me and asked me what service provider did I have? I almost laughed in his face.

Who buys that crap anymore? They are still offering VoIP as though it costs anything? That was supposed free when it was first invented. It's so awesome we have such companies that turned it into some kind of incentive to buy their ultra expensive crap.

I had TWC internet. After they disconnected me 5 times in one year by accident (my neighbor was stealing cable), I spit on them from now on. I wouldn't buy anything from them if they had the cure for cancer.

RE: Jealous
By inperfectdarkness on 3/13/2014 4:41:56 AM , Rating: 2
I think I'd be happy if I could get a 50MB connection for $29.99/mo. I can't even get that, thanks to legal monopolies.

RE: Jealous
By JediJeb on 3/13/2014 4:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
Here I get charged almost that much for 1.5MB service from AT&T. I am 5 miles from the edge of town and that is all they offer, people just down the road from me get nothing.

My parents live literally 20 miles from any town and yet they get a minimum service of 2MB from the independent telco there, and can get even higher if they wanted it. Makes logical sense that a small three county telephone company can offer such great service to everyone out in the middle of nowhere while a tech giant like AT&T barely offers basic service even in towns of 20K people.

RE: Jealous
By freedom4556 on 3/14/2014 7:47:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you're dreaming. In my area, such a connection, when available at all, costs $99/mo. I pay that amount for 12d/1.5u from a city-owned monopoly.

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