Sacramento residents will be among the first in the nation to get 5G Ultra Wideband internet service from Verizon when it goes live Oct. 1.
Starting at 5 a.m. Thursday, residents can find out if the cutting-edge, wireless service is available at their home and sign up for it.
Verizon says the next-generation technology will boost internet speeds and revolutionize what consumers can do with the service.
“Verizon 5G Home customers should expect typical network speeds around 300 Mbps and, depending on location, peak speeds of nearly 1 Gig, with no data caps. Verizon 5G Home is ideal for consumers looking to ‘cut the cord’ or upgrade from their current cable service,” according to a statement from Verizon.
Sacramento is joined by Indianapolis, Houston and Los Angeles as the first cities in the nation to get 5G Home service.
Service areas will be limited at first, but the company reports a plan for rapid expansion of the technology as new hardware is installed.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg says a private-public partnership to bring the technology to Sacramento first will bring with it many benefits.
The city will see smarter traffic signals, economic development, job creation, public safety and education benefits from the next-generation internet service, Steinberg said.
As part of the deal, Verizon will provide free wireless internet service in 27 public parks.
The goal of the free service is to narrow the digital divide for communities that can’t afford internet service.
Find out if 5G is available at your home
Verizon said the service will be free for the first three months and will then cost $50 per month for current Verizon customers and $70 for non-customers.
The company said 5G for mobile devices will be available soon and Home customers will be first in line for an opportunity to purchase the new devices.