DETROIT – The company bringing lightning fast internet speeds to downtown Detroit is inching towards their late 2015 launch date.
Rocket Fiber, a Dan Gilbert-backed company, recently launched their website. As promised, residential customers can get the gigabit internet service for $70 per month.
HDTV service prices aren’t yet listed and businesses have to request a quote for the service.
The site went up on Rocket Fiber started up on another phase on downtown Detroit construction. They have to run a 5.5-mile fiber optic cable backbone underground before wiring any businesses or residences with the service.
The initial build-out had an undisclosed eight-figure price tag.
Once the minds behind Rocket Fiber “fire” the blazing internet service speeds about 100 times faster than anything currently offered in the city will be available.
According to a recent report from WXYZ, there are 2,000 people already signed up for the service, which isn’t even turned on yet.
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In March, Rocket Fiber founders Marc Hudson, 28, Edi Demaj, 29, and Randy Foster, 35 said that the initial roll-out for the fiber internet service will run through downtown Detroit.
The new business, part of Gilbert’s umbrella of Rock Ventures companies, will be based on the third floor of a Woodward Avenue building, which is currently being renovated.
Somewhere near the 1505 Woodward Ave location, Demaj said there will be a Rocket Fiber tech and outreach center, which will work to increase computer literacy in Detroit.
Eventually, the trio wants to expand the service into midtown by 2016. After that, they plan to offer the internet service in the greater Detroit area by 2017.
Rocket Fiber has a long-term goal of expanding to the suburbs.
Once the service launches in late 2015, Detroit will host some of the fastest internet speeds and data capabilities in the county. This, according to the founders, will attract more tech-based businesses to the area.
Rocket Fiber plans to “light up” the service in the second half of this year. Bedrock Real Estate Services-owned buildings are currently being wired, but are not yet operating on the fiber network.
Those lines will be “lit up” at the same time as everyone else’s. When Rocket Fiber launches in a few months, it will be available to anyone, resident or business owner, who wants it.
Ian Thibodeau is the business and development reporter for MLive Media Group in Detroit. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter.