Add Windstream to the growing list of U.S. Internet service providers planning or already offering gigabit Internet access to their customers.
"Windstream is going to launch GPON, or 1 Gbps service, to homes that are already fiber-fed enabled," said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas.
Thomas said in the near term, it will launch one market with 1 Gbps this year with the potential to reach five markets.
"We are drawing a line in the sand that says we're going to launch a 1 Gbps market in 2015 and if the team overachieves, we'll launch in five," Thomas said. "I think after that we're going to launch in every one of our markets a 1 Gbps product because in almost every one of our markets where Windstream competes today we deployed fiber."