If you live in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha, then we have some good news for you. Cox Communications is looking to make these markets one of the first to experience its gigabit Internet service. It is clear that this move is to compete directly with the up and coming Google Fiber gigabit Internet service the search company is rolling out.
In the three named cities, Cox will roll out its gigabit Internet service unspecified neighborhoods. The plan is to have the service fully available in every Cox market by the end of 2016. In addition, Cox is also aiming to rollout its gigabit service in new apartment complexes and condominiums, with Wi-Fi being available in lounges where available.
"We are excited about our road map to offer gigabit speeds to all of our residential customers," said Cox Communications President Pat Esser. "Starting today, we will begin deploying new technology and infrastructure that will give customers the choice of gigabit speeds in all markets we serve."
Cox also plans to offer over 250,000 new Wi-Fi hotspots across the country with the help of key partners. Furthermore, Cox is also doubling the speed of the company's most popular Internet service tier. The preferred service with a speed of 25Mbps down is expected to increase to 50Mbps down, while the premier offering will increase from 50 to 100Mbps down.
"Cox has been the digital communications leader in our markets over the past two decades, leading on speed, availability and customer choice and working to continually improve broadband for all customers," said Esser. "We will continue to invest in our network and our product capabilities to help our customers connect to the things they care about most."
It's great to see gigabit Internet service rolling out slowly in the United States. Future customers should give thanks to Google, for it is clear if it weren't for the search company's own Google Fiber gigabit service that is currently being rollout across the country, it would have taken a long time before the U.S. gets the chance to experience the wonders of gigabit Internet.
Hopefully, other ISPs get on board and give consumers what they want, for an affordable price.