List Updated February 5, 2016.
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.
While 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.
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.
The following is a collection of cities and places that have gigabit connections inside the US:
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.
2. Chattanooga, Tennessee
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, Louisiana
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. Lansing, Michigan
LightSpeed – East Lansing based LightsSeed fiber. The expansion has already begun to selected buildings and neighborhoods in Lansing, Southfield, and Downtown Detroit.
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, Tennessee
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, Vermont
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, Vermont
9. Omaha, Nebraska
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, Tennessee
11. Minneapolis, Minnesota
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, Washington
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).
13. San Francisco, California
Sonic.net – A company called Sonic.net out of Santa Rosa is currently offering Gigabit internet to local residents in select neighborhoods. Also available in Sebastopol, Brentwood, and several other cities in the area.
14. Austin, Texas
Google Fiber is now available in Austin, as of 2014.
15. Provo, Utah
Google Fiber has also been rolled out in Provo, Utah.
16. 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.
17. Melrose, Minnesota
Arvig, a local ISP, is slated to start offering gigabit service to some residents of rural Melrose, 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).
18. Portland, Oregon
19. Bloomer, Wisconsin
Bloomer Telephone Company offers gigabit internet speeds if you live within their designated fiber-to-the-premise areas.
20. Central and Northern Michigan
Winntelecom Winnspeed Gigabit Internet. Currently available in Clare, Gaylord, and Mount Pleasant, with plans to expand to more service areas.
21. Russellville, Kentucky
The city of Russellville announced that gigabit fiber internet is now available to over 4,000 homes in the Russellville area.
22. Salt Lake City, Utah
23. Orlando, Florida
CenturyLink has expanded its gigabit internet service to select locations in Orlando. Prices start at $79.95 per month.
24. Denver, Colorado
You can also find CenturyLink Fiber in Denver now. They have recently rolled out 1 Gig internet in 16 neighborhoods. See coverage map.
25. Anchorage, Alaska
GCI 1 GIG red. Now available in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Palmer. Coming soon to Juneau and Fairbanks.
26. Bluffton, Indiana
27. Boron, California
This small town in Kern County is now offering symmetrical gigabit internet, GIGAGY, to its residents for only $60 per month. Offered by Race Communications.
28. Opelika, Alabama
Opelika is Alabama’s First Gig City. Opelika Power Services has been providing gigabit internet speeds to its residents since 2013.
29. Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster, SC
30. College Station, Texas
College Station residents can sign up for 1 Gig download internet speeds. Upload is 50 Mbps at this time. Visit Suddenlink for details.
31. Columbia County, Georgia
West Carolina Tel offers both Symmetrical and Asymmetrical 1 Gig internet to residents in Columbia County. Service is new and available only in certain subdivisions.
32. McCormick County, Abbeville County, Starr & Iva areas of Anderson County, SC
WCTel also offers Gigabit internet in parts of South Carolina. At this time, symmetrical 1 Gig down/up service costs $161.45 per month.
33. Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Bell introduced fiber with Gigabit download for residents back in September 2014. 250 Mbps upload.
34. Sandy, Oregon
The city of Sandy offers its residents and businesses Gigabit internet speeds for the low price of only $59.95 per month. Or bundle with home phone service for just $79.95 per month, total.
35. Bull Shoals and Diamond City, Arkansas
36. Baldwin City, Kansas
The folks at RG Fiber have recently launched fiber service for residents of Baldwin City. Speeds are 1 gigabit symmetrical up/down.
37. Bixby, Oklahoma
38. Salisbury, North Carolina
Want really, really fast internet? Residents of Salisbury can sign up for 10 Gigabit (!) internet via Fibrant. It’s $400 per month, but hey, did I mention it’s really fast? Fibrant head Kent Winrich says, “We can reach anyone in the city with 10-gig fibe, right now.”
39. Jackson, Tennessee
Jackson Energy Authority has been doing fiber-to-the-home for some time. They recently upgraded their network and are now offering Gigabit speeds. JEA is actually the largest FTTH network in the United States.
40. Troy, Alabama
Residents in a handful of cities in Southeast Alabama can now sign up for gigabit fiber via Troy Cable. They are currently serving Pike, Houston, Dale, Coffee, and Crenshaw counties.
41. Bemidji, Minnesota
True to the name, Paul Bunyan Communications is building out a seriously big-time fiber network in Bemidji and the surrounding areas of Northern Minnesota. Construction is under way to cover several more towns in the area.
42. Rainsville, Alabama
Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC) is serving up gigabit speeds in DeKalb County and part of Jackson County. Welcome to Gig Country.
43. Columbia, Russell Springs and Jamestown, Kentucky
44. Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaiian Telcom is serving up the fastest internet speeds in Hawaii. 1 Gig download / 100 Meg upload. Just $199.95 for residential high speed fiber.
1. 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.
RG Fiber has announced their gigabit fiber service is coming soon to both Lawrence and Eudora.
2. Rural Central Missouri
Residential 1 gigabit service will be available in rural Missouri. 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).
3. Fargo, North Dakota
Midcontinent is making progress in bringing gigabit fiber to Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo. They started installing fiber in 2014, and aim to offer gigabit speeds to their entire service area by the end of 2017.
C spire has begin pre-registration has begun for 10 select neighborhoods in Mississippi. You may be eligible if you live in Clinton, Jackson, Madison, Flora, Quitman, Ridgeland, or Starkville.
5. Rockport and South Portland, Maine
Fastfiber Gigabit Internet appears to be on its way to Rockport and South Portland, with more cities to come..
6. Longmont, Colorado
City-owned Nextlight is currently expanding their gigabit coverage in Longmont. Their internet speed was ranked at the third fastest in the United States.