While AT&T is pausing its fiber network rollout in 100 U.S. due to its opposition to President’s Obama’s proposed net neutrality rules and Google is delaying its fiber expansion in 34 markets, it looks as though US Internet is forging ahead with an even faster fiber service. US Internet this week announced that it has already switched on a 10Gbps fiber Internet that services parts of Minneapolis, MN.
"The launch of our 10 GBPS Internet service will make Minneapolis the first city in the world to receive access to the Internet at speeds never before experienced in our country, or any other country for that matter, both in terms of 10 GBPS download and upload speeds," said Joe Caldwell, Co-CEO of US Internet.
US Internet's 10Gbps service will cost $399/month. (Source: Kavlen Enerji)
The service is 10 times faster than what’s offered by AT&T’s Gigapower and Google Fiber, and 400 times faster than the 25Mbps average that most Minneapolis residents currently receive. And what’s most impressive is that the service is available right now to 30,000 households in southwest Minneapolis; that is if you’re willing to pay the hefty price of $399 per month.
10Gbps and $399/month might be a bit overkill for the Average Joe, but businesses will likely jump at the chance to take advantage of the greater bandwidth provided. For customers that might balk at the prospects of what amounts to a car payment per month for Internet service, US Internet recently dropped the price of its existing 1Gbps service from $114/month to just $65/month.
And for those that want an even cheaper high-speed option, US Internet is offering a 100Mbps service for only $45/month.
According to the Star Tribune, US Internet only expects a few thousand customers to sign up for its 1Gbps service, while those willing to fork over $399/month will be extremely small.
"US Internet has long advocated for small business owners and residential customers that they deserve the same broadband as Fortune 100 companies,” added Caldwell. “Now, Minneapolis residents will have more Internet bandwidth in their houses than some countries have serving their entire country."
Perhaps North Korea’s Kim Jong-un should give Caldwell a call…