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A Rochester, N.Y., company that began wiring parts of New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford last summer for fiber optic cable to provide ultra-high speed Internet service completed an expansion in the Elm City on Tuesday that began in January.
GoNetspeed’s expansion in New Haven added availability of the service in the city’s East Rock, Prospect Hill and Newhallville sections. The company’s initial service area in the city included the Beaver Hills, Edgewood and Dwight sections, according to company officials.
“We’re extremely excited to increase the availability of our fast, fiber-optic Internet service to more neighborhoods in New Haven,” Tom Perrone, chief operating officer of GoNetspeed, said in a statement. “We have aggressive growth plans to continue our momentum in Connecticut, with plans underway on even more neighborhoods throughout the state.”
The company’s Elm City expansion plans over the remainder of this year include adding service in theWestville neighborhood and in the area around Yale University, said Jodie Snook, a company spokeswoman. Expansion plans outside the New Haven area include parts of West Hartford, Newington and to what Snook said was part of the area around Stratford.
The expansion in New Haven alone means that GoNetspeed’s fiber optic network runs past 12,000 homes and businesses in the city, about four times greater than last summer, according to Snook. With this summer’s expansion, the statewide availability of GoNetspeed will bring its service past 30,000 homes and businesses statewide, she said, which represents a 33 percent increase in access to the network.
Snook said the company is not revealing the number of subscribers that have signed up for its service thus far. The company currently is offering to waive its $100 installation fee for new subscribers
GoNetspeed’s bandwidth offerings to customers start at 150 Megabits per second for $50 per month. The other two service offerings are 500 Megabits per second for $70 per month and $90 for 1 Gigabit per second.
The company offers a lifetime a guarantee that subscribers will pay the same price for their Internet speeds for the entire time they remain a customer within a GoNetspeed service territory.
Continued expansion depends upon consumer interest: the company needs at least 1 in 10 homes in a specific area to sign up for service in order for GoNetspeed to consider expanding a new neighborhood or communities.
The company’s website includes a place where individuals interested in having GoNetspeed provide service to their community can register.
GoNetspeed is now serving 14 communities throughout Pennsylvania and Connecticut.