Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ting Internet Gigabit Network Launches in Centennial, Colo.

Ting's latest gigabit network, in Centennial, Colo., is launching commercial service in an area where Comcast already sells gigabit service, aided no doubt by the assistance of a municipal backbone network built by Centennial for about $5.7 million. That network branches out from the city municipal building. Future fiber lines run along East Dry Creek, East Arapahoe and East County Line roads.

Ting has argued it can get to about 50 percent market share in perhaps five years in virtually all of its internet access networks, an ambitious goal. Comcast's Xfinity gigabit service is already available in Willow Creek for the same monthly rate as Ting will offer.

At least at this point, the share gains will come disproportionately from CenturyLink, which does sell gigabit speeds in Centennial, reaching what appears to be a small percentage of locations, by at least one report.

The Willow Creek neighborhood will be lit first, followed by Walnut Hills and Hunters Hill in Centennial.

The City of Centennial and Ting Internet executed an agreement for Ting’s lease of fibers in the central ring of Centennial’s fiber optic backbone. Ting will lease 12 fibers from the City’s 432 strand fiber backbone for a term of 20 years. When completed with west and east rings, the network will total 50 route miles.

The City will receive a one-time payment of $302,500 for the lease as well as an annual payment of $4,325 (with a three percent annual escalator) for operations and maintenance, the city says. The carrier-neutral network also can be used by other entities who want to pay for access.
In 2013, voters in the 110,000-person suburban city approved a $5.7 million municipal project building three fiber-optic loops that new internet service providers could extend into neighborhoods to bring services in competition with Comcast and CenturyLink.

Ting is pricing its gigabit-speed service at $89 a month, plus modem rental of $9 monthly or a one-time $200 purchase for a modem. And then there’s installation that could run $200, though the company offers promotional rebates that may offset installation charges.

CenturyLink's website doesn't show it offers gigabit-speed service in the Willow Creek neighborhood.

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