US Company Sonic.net Offering 1Gbs Internet for $70 a Month | Geekosystem

14 06 2011

@zbutcher: Wow! That’s slammin’ cheap.Hopefully Google’s Fiber Program will eventually happen and make it out to LA. Otherwise,I may have to move to Sebastopol ASAP.

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The notion that America has some of the slowest, most expensive Internet connections in the developed world should come as no surprise to frequent readers. That’s why it’s so refreshing to hear about Sonic.net, the ISP that is offering 1 Gbps fiber connections direct to the home for $70 a month. Incredibly, that price includes the installation of a fiber line direct to the user’s home.

Now, $70 a month for internet may seem prohibitively expensive. But, let’s put that in context. Other ISPs normally charge around $100 for 100 Mbps connections; even Sonic.net used to offer 40 Mbps for the same price as their new 1 Gbps. In their report, Ars Technica points out that for twice as much money as a 1.5 Mbps connection with Comcast, users would receive speeds around 600 times faster with Sonic.net. That seems like a fairly worthy investment.

Unfortunately, Sonic.net’s crazy fast speeds are only available as a pilot program that includes some 700 homes in Sebastopol, CA. 
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