Gigabit Internet is definitely going on in parts of Colorado, albeit it is still hit and miss. It popped up for residents in Denver and Longmont last year, for businesses in Boulder and Fort Collins this week and in unexpected cities like Pueblo and Montrose.
While not everyone needs gigabit — or 1,000 megabits per second — the move to faster speeds is inevitable. Internet providers are targeting business users first as they move to shifting their data to online storage. That was the impetus of CenturyLink’s move yesterday to expand gigabit service to businesses in Aurora, Fort Collins and Boulder on Monday (read the story: “Aurora, Boulder, Fort Collins get gigabit Internet for businesses“).
If you’re curious or wondering when it will be available in your neighborhood, here is what we know today:
CenturyLink — Launched gigabit service to businesses and residential last fall in 16 Denver neighborhoods (and Colorado Springs). There’s a few more today but if you check online and your home is eligible, you should call 877-417-3972 to verify and (and let me know if there’s a discrepancy with availability). Here’s the current neighborhoods where CenturyLink offers gigabit service:
Baker, Bonnie Brae, Belcaro, Cole, Congress Park, Corey Merrill, Overland, Park Hill, Platt Park, Rosedale, Stapleton (certain parts), Washington Park West, Washington Park East, University, University Park and Villa Park.
This week, CenturyLink turned on gigabit service for thousands of businesses in Aurora, Boulder and Fort Collins. The areas within the city that can likely order service are:
• Aurora: Fitzsimmons redevelopment, Lowry redevelopment, Aurora Mall, Buckingham Mall redevelopment, The Forum at Fitzsimmons, Buckley Air Force Base
• Boulder: 29th Street Mall, Pearl Street Mall, University Hill
• Fort Collins: Selected areas
Comcast — Offering multi-gigabit Internet (1 to 10 gbps) to businesses in the metro Denver area since at least 2011 — and it’s now available to Denver-area businesses “in the majority of Comcast’s” coverage area, said a spokesperson. The cable company recently pledged another $10 million into its gigabit for businesses. As for residential gigabit service, Comcast announced in April Gigabit Pro is coming to Atlanta in April and later in California. Denver residential customers can expect gigabit this year.
Rise Broadband — Formerly JAB Broadband, this Douglas County company tends to focus on remote and rural residents and businesses using fixed-wireless Internet service. But it does offer 1 gbps speeds, at around $2,500 a month, to cities including Loveland, Montrose, Pueblo and outside of Castle Rock. Businesses must be within 15-miles of Rise’s fixed-wireless towers.
Longmont — In November, the city of Longmont began selling gigabit service to residents in the south central part of town. Residents could get in on a “charter member” plan for $49.95 a month. It just began rolling gigabit out to business users and charges $800 a month.
Level 3 Communications — The Broomfield company is probably better known for owning the Internet backbone, which connects countries to one another using under-sea cables. But since Level 3 owns so much cable in the U.S. too, it offers medium to super large businesses gigabit Internet — up to 100 gbps. Those customers tend to be Internet service providers. Others in this space include companies like Zayo Group in Boulder.
Google Fiber — While the company registered to do business in Colorado in March and appears to charge a mere $100 a month for businesses (less for consumers), we are not on its list. As of Monday, we are still not on the list, according to a spokesperson. Only these cities are.