Category: Internet Service
I thought we would have to wait for Google to get their fiber in the ground, then wait for their promotional period and then hope enough people in the neighborhood would sign up for service. I was wrong, Consolidated Communication is now offering gigabit internet connections. Consolidated wired my neighborhood here in Olathe, KS about two years ago with fiber optic cables. There were crews all over the place, digging holes and running cables. The initial offerings by then SureWest was not that great, there was no reason to jump ship. About a year ago though they offered some really tantalizing deals and I singed up for a 30/30 Mbit connection. Having that speed available for uploads was and still is pretty good. Today though I ran across the page shown to the left. Punched in my address and got the Congrats message that I could upgrade. After about five minutes of pondering I called them and set up a date to have them come upgrade my equipment. If you are interested in checking to see if you can upgrade here is the site: http://www.surewest.com/1gig/index.php
Fun facts…From Googles info page:
- With a gig, you can:
- Stream—without buffering—at least 5 high-definition videos (1080p) at the same time and still have enough bandwidth to email and surf the web.
- Transfer data over the Internet faster than you can write data to a thumb drive.
- Download data as fast as many computers can save the data to a hard drive.
- Download an entire digital movie (14 GB) in a little under 2 minutes.
I have been using gigabit networking components in my home office for some time so I am use to what can be transmitted over a gigabit connection. I am anxious to see what I can do online with that speed.
In March of this year (2013) the city of Olathe KS signed an agreement with Google to bring their Google Fiber to the city. Google has been deploying their fiber optic network in Kansas City Kansas as well as Kansas City Missouri. Other cities on both sides of the line have been signing up to get the service. A list of the cities currently on the list can be found here Google City List. Google Fiber offers something most have never seen, real speed at a reasonable price. I work from my home in Olathe KS, we currently have three wired options for internet access. While that is better than many areas of the country even with the options it’s been hard to find a good deal. With the Google Fiber threat looming, the offers from our current providers has begun. AT&T, Surewest, and Comcast are my options, other cities in the area have Time Warner instead of Comcast.
I have been using Comcast for about three years, the first two I had a really good deal they had offered me. For the last year I have been paying full list price for the service with no deals to be had. Recently I have received a mailer from Comcast touting a new X1 Platform. They are offering this deal for three years with download speeds of up to 250 Mbps for $70 plus some TV package as well. They require a 2 year agreement to get the deal with penalties for early termination of course. This speed is only 1/4 of what Google will be offering but compared to my current download speed of 26Mbps is quite a jump. They don’t say anything about upload speeds but they are probably not the same as the download speed.
About two years ago Surewest wired all of Olathe with fiber optic cables and began offering their service. I have a few friends who have used their service and it works well. Their offering was not good enough to get me to switch from Comcast though. This week I discovered that Surewest was offering greatly discounted prices for one or two year agreements. Consolidated Communications With this new pricing and knowing that I can get the same upload speed as down I am jumping ship. Other cities in Johnson county that have Surewest are offering the deal as well but they don’t get the same upload speeds. While nowhere near the 1000 Mbps that Google will offer I am looking forward to higher upload speeds as we can actually use them.
AT&T is of course our third option and I wanted to at least mention them but they are limited by their existing wiring. They have been able to do quite a bit with their existing wiring however DSL delivered via a pair of copper wires just has not been able to compete with even coaxial cable for speed which can’t compete with fiber optic cable. They will have to really upgrade their infrastructure in order compete with the others or be relegated to the bottom of the heap. They continue to offer deals but if you need speedy internet access look elsewhere.
There has been no announcements or time frames from Google as to when they will be installing their service. Just the threat though is forcing the other companies to upgrade their networks, provide better pricing and attempt to lock customers in with contracts. Competition is a good thing, just having Google push the envelope of internet speeds is making other companies look at upgrading their old equipment and actually work for our business. Without competition we all lose.
I visited this morning with a customer of mine. She is wanting some new TV’s – one for the living room and one for the bedroom. She is still using old tube-type TV’s, along with VHS tapes. Do you remember what those are?
In our conversation I discovered that she is paying almost $175 per month for cable, phone and internet. This doesn’t include her cell phone. When I asked her what channels she likes to watch, she listed five; two of which were local ones that can be watched for free with an antenna. Her cable bill is $90 per month for 4-5 channels that she actually watches. She knows this is too much but she is unsure what to do. I am helping her find a much better deal that will easily cut that bill in half with current offers from either AT&T or SureWest.
One of the VHS tapes she has is of Scott Hamilton the ice skater. I pulled up YouTube and showed her a video of Scott Hamilton, and she was so excited, she was ready to keep my tablet! So with a few equipment changes I think I can really expand her entertainment horizons and help her get rid of a lot of VHS tapes.
If this sounds like you or someone you know contact me and I’ll help you with new possibilities.