Good news if you’re from the Bay area: blazing fast broadband might just lie in your future. Yesterday, Sonic.net – the modestly sized, ISP that was chosen by Google to build a fiber network for Stanford University – announced plans to bring a fiber-optic network capable of 1 Gbps speeds to the city. Sonic already offers it in another city for just $70 a month (including unlimited domestic VOIP), and hey! The company doesn’t impose data caps either. Don’t get too excited yet, though – the company still has some big hoops to jump through to make it happen.
If Comcast’s 105Mbps service costs $199.95 per month (in select markets), then naturally 1Gbps service should cost around $2,000 a month right? Well according to scrappy independent ISP sonic.net, $69.99 sounds much more reasonable, and they plan to put their money where their mouth is. The company has committed to rolling out 1Gbps fiber service to around 700 homes in the Sebastopol California area, and will study the results over the next few months to prove that its possible to offer such a high tier of service for $70, and still remain profitable.