Where in America Can You Get Gigabit Internet (Right Now)?

Gigabit internet is awesome. And elusive.

Gigabit ethernet speed is equal to 1,048,576 bits per second or 1,024 Mbps. For comparison: “fast ethernet” is considered to be 100 Mbps, which is still much faster than standard internet service that’s normally 10 Mbps (like the kind you’d get from Time Warner or Comcast cable), or even 3 Mbps which are found at the lower & cheaper (and most common) tiers of internet service.

gigabit-cities-americaWhile such crazy fast Gigabit connections are available to governments, educational institutions, and large businesses, it’s difficult to get such a fast connection for regular public use. For instance Santa Monica, CA has a 10 Gigabit network, but that’s mostly allocated for business use. There are a few places in America, however, where gigabit internet connections are starting to pop up – and ones that are accessible to regular internet surfers like you and me. This post is an attempt to hunt down all the places in America that have such connections (or are currently getting them installed).

A lot of cities across America are taking matters into their own hands and starting to install their own Gigabit networks as part of economic development initiatives and as way to attract the tech industry and companies that can use that advantage for competitive purposes.

The following is a collection of cities and places that have gigabit connections inside the US:

Currently Available

1. Kansas City, KS / MO

Google Fiber – After a long bidding process, Google selected Kansas City and has now begun deploying the first major consumer-based Gigabit network in the US. You can read more about that here and here.

2. Chattanooga, TN

GIG City – Chattanooga has dubbed itself GIGcity and is making a bug push to become a tech hub, bolstered by what it claims is America’s largest Gigabit network that serves all residents and businesses.

3. Lafayette, LA

LUS Fiber – Lafayette recently joined the ranks of super connected cities by rolling out a Gigabit fiber network after winning a long fight with Cox Cable and BellSouth, the city’s incumbent service providers.

4. East Lansing, MI

DTN Management – East Lansing, Michigan has several areas of the city where you can currently get Gigabit internet as seen on the map here (click the plus button at the top).

5. Bristol, VA / TN

BTES – The city of Bristol, (which sits between Virginia and Tennessee) has deployed Gigabit internet service to its residents in a 280-square-mile service area, helping make Tennessee a current hotspot for ultra high speed internet service.

6. Morristown, TN

MUS FiberNET – While Morisstown has never achieved as much recognition as Kansas City or Chattanooga, the city does offer Gigabit speed to businesses at $849 per month (residential plans go up to 20/10 according to the provider’s website).

7. Burlington, VT

Burlington Telecom – Burlington VT rounds out the list of cities that currently offer residential gigabit speeds. The muni network charges $149.00 per month for gigabit access (with a 12 month contract; $199 without a contract).

8. Springfield, VT

Vermontel started offering gigabit internet service for $35 per month to the residents of Springfield, which makes it one of the cheapest places to get a gig in the country.

9. Omaha, NE

CenturyLink announced that by October 2013 it will have gigabit speeds available to 48,000 residents for $149.99 per month. Currently their website isn’t showing those options but reportedly it is available now to about 10,000 subscribers.

10. Tullahoma, TN

On May 1st – TUB (Tullahoma Utilities Board) and its LightTUBe service started offering one gigabit per second (1 Gbps) Internet service to its residential and business customers.

11. Minneapolis, MN

US Internet is currently offering symmetrical 1 Gbps service to residents of select areas for $114.95 per month.

12. Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cedar Falls Utilities has launched a gigabit “FiberHome Quantum” tier to their home internet service for around $270 per month. The download speed is rated at gigabit while the upload speed is rated at 500 Mbps (so it’s not a symmetrical gigabit connection like Google Fiber).

12. Seattle, WA

While Gigabit Squared is getting ready to roll out Gigabit internet service to Seattle for $80 per month, some condos already have gigabit service thanks to a company called CondoInternet for $120 per month. Gigabit Squared is going to make the service available to a lot more people thanks to the Gigabit Seattle project (see map).

Coming Soon

1. Chicago, IL

Gigabit Squared – Chicago’s mayor recently announced the Chicago Broadband Challenge to bring high speed infrastructure to the city, which will also piggyback free WiFi access to all public spaces such as parks and plazas. Gigabit Squared is also rolling out gigabit access to Chicago’s South side that’s part of Gig.U’s initiative (see below). Added: Gigabit service will also be available in fall of 2013 to several residential buildings in Chicago thanks to MAC Property Management.

2. San Francisco, CA

Sonic.net – In San Francisco you can currently get 200 Mbps for $50 per month with Webpass but a company called Sonic.net is currently clearing regulatory hurdles to start offering Gigabit internet to local residents.

3. Austin, TX

Google Fiber will be coming to Austin in mid-2014.

4. Provo, UT

Google Fiber will also be rolled out in Provo, Utah but no set dates hae yet been announced.

5. Lawrence, Kansas

A company by the name of Wicked Broadband has announced that it will soon be offering gigabit-speed Wicked Fiber services to neighborhoods with the most demand measured by the number of people who pre-register.

6. Wilson, North Carolina

The local broadband provider Greenlight (owned & operated by the City of Wilson) recently announced that it will begin offering gigabit Internet services to its customers by July 2013.

6. Melrose, Minnesota

Arvig, a local ISP, is slated to start offering gigabit service to some residents of rural Melrose starting in the summer of 2013, but customers will need to call to order the service – and the price is slated to be $300 per month for a gig (with lower pricing for slower connections).

7. Rural Central Missouri

Residential 1 gigabit service will be available in rural Missouri starting this fall (2013). Service areas include California, MO, Sunrise Beach, MO, Laurie, MO, and Gravois Mills, MO. The service provider that is bringing this fiber to the home network to the area is Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Inc (see press release here).

+ Gig U. Partners

Gig.U – The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project is a collaborative effort between 30+ research universities across the United States to bring Gigabit internet to the universities as well as to their surrounding communities. Most of the cities below are in the process of deploying Gigabit internet connections, but have not yet made them available to the public or local businesses. Also, it’s worth mentioning that pricing for gigabit speed will vary greatly from project to project.

Here are a few cities that have recently gotten coverage in the news about their gigabit networks:

A map of Gig.U partners:

Gig U map

see large map | see official page

The full list of partners:

  • Arizona State University
  • Case Western Reserve
  • Colorado State University
  • Duke University
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University
  • Michigan State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Montana
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Wake Forest University
  • West Virginia University
  • George Mason University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Arizona
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • University of Maine
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Oklahoma

To read more about how some of the cities managed to develop these Gigabit networks check out Broadband at the Speed of Light and their PDF report. There’s also a handy community broadband map to see which areas offer community fiber broadband.

It’s an exciting time to see so many communities across the US fighting to deploy next generation Gigabit networks to help make America a leader in high speed connectivity.

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  • To your list, you can add (via municipal networks), the cities of Bristol, Tennessee (BTES); Morristown, Tennessee; and Burlington, Vermont. All are advertising citywide (or very nearly citywide in the case of Burlington) availability of a gig.

    • Thanks for letting me know about those 3 cities – I’ve added them to the list.

  • Steel Yang

    I’d also like to add Minneapolis, MN as a city in which you can get Gigabit Internet. It is provided by a company called US Internet.

    • I didn’t find any consumer plans being offered at a gig on their website or any information about it online. If you have a link that talks about it, please post it & I’ll look into it.

      • They have been running fiber and offering gigabit since 2010.

        • The website didn’t appear in my first post, but it’s fiber.usinternet.com

          • I found it and updated. Thanks.

  • Matt Wells

    Excellent research. Thank you for taking the time to publish this

  • Tom Henderson

    You’ve missed plenty of them. I would suggest a more thorough research job. There are tiny cities (Loma Linda CA) to huge ones. Not one of them has 100% GB coverage, but many are trying hard.

    • I couldn’t find any residential signup options for Loma Linda so I didn’t include it in the list.

  • Seattle has Gigabit

    Hey Max, Seattle has a few residential gigabit providers. This is one of them: http://www.condointernet.net/

    • Thanks for the heads up – I added that information to the post.

  • Stuffystuff

    The link in “The city of Bristol, (which sits between Virginia and Tennessee) has deployed…” above goes to:
    http://www.connectingbristol.org/gigabit-bristol/

    …which is an article about the city of Bristol in the UK. (useful for me as that is what I was googling for, but probably not for your readers!)

  • Nick

    VTel is offering gigabit in Springfield, VT and expanding to the rest of their service area over the coming year. It starts at just $35/month.
    http://vermontel.com/internet
    http://www.vermontel.com/news/257-gige-for-all-35-per-month-for-gige-at-vermont-telephone-co

    • Thanks for letting us know – just added it to the article.

  • Add all of rural central Missouri, coming soon! This would include the small towns of California, MO, Sunrise Beach, MO, Laurie, MO, and Gravois Mills, MO. Residential 1 gig service availability this fall on all fiber to the home network.

    http://www.co-mo.coop/news/newsdetail.aspx?itemID=244

  • SiLi

    are there any plans in the works to bring gigabit internet to Los Angeles?

    • I haven’t heard of anyone planning to roll out gigabit in LA yet

  • Barb

    Pend Oreille County, WA … offering speeds of up to 1 gigabit …
    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/sep/16/need-speed/
    then providers are here:
    http://cnsfiber.net/ConnectionRequest

  • I’m in L.A. I’m waiting on pins and needles for gigabit here :)

  • hello!
    we’re pretty quiet in Loma Linda, California about tooting our own horn, but we’ve had fiber optic city-wide for quite a while. Check it out!

  • You missed about a dozen cities participating in the UTOPIA network in Utah. http://www.utopianet.org/

  • You forgot Lawrence, KS. Wicked broadband is deploying Gigabit fiber to the home.

    http://www.wickedfiber.com

  • Barry
  • Chris Katko

    Chattanooga, TN has gigabit city-wide.

  • Andy
  • The Wired Road Authority in Galax, Virginia offers Gigabit connections to businesses that require it. The connections will easily handle a combination of services simultaneously, including three channels of HD television, multiple telephone lines, Internet access, security services, and other specialized offerings.

  • The landscape has changed with wireless paving the way.Fiber is the backbone and wireless is the tentacles.

  • Mike

    You missed Fibersphere in based in Beaverton, Oregon.

    • Mike

      Link to where they services residential areas: https://secure.fibersphere.net/gigabit.php

      • Mike

        They list the costs as 80 a month but at least for me it’s less. I’m paying 35 through the HOA (everyone in the neighborhood is required to have the base 100mbps line), and an extra 40 a month directly to the company for the gigabit upgrade.

  • Noah Davis

    You can add Wilson North Carolina to the list of gigabit internet speed. Greenlight, a city managed cable/phone/internet service provider has now added gigabit availability

  • Frank Bonner

    Also, C Spire Fiber. http://www.cspire.com/fiberhome They have 9 cities currently listed for 1GB Fiber

  • C Spire is rolling out Gigabit Fiber To The Home to 9 cities in Mississippi at this time. All of the information concerning these cities can be found on our webpage http://www.cspire.com/fiberhome.

  • John

    FYI: gigabit is not equal to 1,048,576 bits per second or 1,024 Mbps.
    1 gigabit per second = 1,000,000,000 bits per second = 1000 Mbps since it is a transfer rate.

  • John Oberst

    The cities of Monmouth and Independence Oregon have had fiber to the premises (FTP) gigabit internet available since 2007 or so. I know this because I am the Mayor of Monmouth. The two cities joined together to build (and own) MINet Fiber when none of the national telecoms would even entertain the notion of bringing us broadband… not even DSL. So we did it ourselves. Please google minetfiber.com to learn more.

    • Justin Mirsky

      Hi John!

      I think it is great that you have a fiber to the prem solution in your city. I would really love to hear more about the MINet solution. I live in a suburb of Louisville, KY and I would absolutely love to look into proposing an idea/solution like this to our city council. Please let me know if you are open to speaking about this.

      Cheers,

      Justin MIrsky

  • We have just started to deploy Gigabit Fiber to the home and business in Smithville, Texas and La Grange, Texas.

  • Reagan

    Can anyone help me find a good internet for gaming online? I dont want the standard 10mbps or even 30mbps. I would like 75-100mbps at the least but I cannot find anything in Texas?! I am young (13) and I am trying to find a job to pay for some kind of internet but of course I am too young. My parents wont buy internet or even cable and I am using my neighbors wifi to play games on my computer. If anyone could help me then it would be great!

  • Mike Kovacs

    My company, CableRunner International, developed a unique deployment method to help major urban city areas deploy fiber in a fraction of the time & cost of traditional methods. Check it out at http://www.cablerunner-international.com and contact me directly if I can offer any insight as to what we have been doing around the globe.

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