Google Fiber Competitor Gigabit Seattle Prices Service Lower Than Comcast

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Whether or not Google launched its Google Fiber Internet service as a legitimate business venture or as a massive trolling measure to shake up the broadband market (as some believe), its effect has been evident in how ISPs are competing.

Leveraging a partnership with the city of Seattle and its fiber optic network, Gigabit Squared (or “GB2”, for short) is rolling out “ultra high speed fiber” gigabit Internet service to several Seattle neighborhoods in 2014. The cost will be $80 per month, and with that subscription GB2 will waive the $350 construction fee.

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That’s $10 more per month than Google’s gigabit Internet plan, but it’s significantly less than the $105 per month that Comcast charges for its 105Mbps service, according to the Seattle Times. (GB2’s 100Mbps plan will cost $45 per month.)

Yet another competitor in the area, CondoInternet, which had the misfortune of losing out on the bid to partner with the city of Seattle, is promising $60 per month gigabit Internet in some of the same areas at some point in the future.

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Gigabit Squared coverage map

It’s true that Gigabit Squared doesn’t pose a major threat to Comcast overall, and the latter will surely do plenty of business even in the Seattle area, but GB2 isn’t the only smaller provider pushing the boundaries of cost and speed. It’s only a matter of time before the combined competition of these smaller ISPs in various parts of the country trigger a shift in power in the market or else force the bigs to open their wallets and make some tactical acquisitions.
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samwelaye replied on Tue, Jun 25 2013 3:22 PM

damn, I live like 15 minutes north of UW. Hopefully they can expand in the future! That 45$ for 100mbps is very tempting

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jun 25 2013 10:18 PM

I would leave Commiecast in mere seconds if I had someone who offered any alternative to it with substantial throughput any day, I am still debating on whether to get the Uverse max internet/tv package now with my discount.

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timaeus replied on Wed, Jun 26 2013 9:22 AM

More alternatives to Comcast = good.

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