North Carolina-based Company to Offer Gigabit Internet Before Google
March 12, 2014 2:31 PM
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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.
, 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
in 2012, starting off with 700Mbps downloads and 600Mbps uploads.
In April of last year, it was reported that Google Fiber would expand to
. It plans to build its gigabit network in North Carolina in the future.
Triangle Business Journal
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Remember Gigabit Squared in Seattle?
4/9/2014 9:03:35 AM
Well I would love to believe this is actually going to happen, I think a little healthy skepticism is due. Has anyone bothered to check on RST' s finances? In their own recent filing with the FCC, RST states that their biggest challenge since 2010 has been raising funding.
Building this kind of infrastructure is very expensive, and other similar efforts by small private companies have failed. A company called "Gigabit Squared" promised to buld a FTTH and gigabit wireless network (sound familiar?) to 70,000 homes in selected neighborhoods in Seattle last year, and they not only failed but left the city stuck with an unpaid bill of $52,000. I think a knowledgeable reporter should investigate RST's financial resources and stated technology claims very thoroughly before just jumping on their publicity bandwagon.
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