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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 rama_romania on 3/13/2014 12:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
I am wondering why this is a news , we have such service in Romania for months now (nation wide) even the country is the size of an US state but still...

We used to have 100 Mbps for last 10 years as standard

And not to forget the price for 500 Mbps uncapped is 15 USD and for 1Gig is less than 20 USD , an top of that you get unlimited mobile data through GSM network (you get free SIM that you can use in your device)

What i am trying to say is that the cost of such services is low and it can be offered to customer, it is just what T-Mobile is doing in US . Just inpired from the European market. Not wonders.




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