Gigabit Seattle is the latest Gigabit FTTH service to announce plans and pricing for their upcoming ultra-high speed broadband offer. Gigabit Seattle is a project of Gigabit Squared, a community organizer of sorts for Gigabit networks.
Gigabit Seattle plans to launch service in the first quarter of 2014 to select neighborhoods in Seattle.
Gigabit Seattle revealed several pricing plans for their symmetrical FTTH service. According to their press release, the following plans will be offered:
- Installation Charge: Installation charges will be waived for customers signing a one-year contract for 100 Mbps service or greater. Otherwise, a $350 installation fee is required.
- 5 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload: No charge for 60 months
- 5/1 Mbps services are transferrable to new renters or owners
- After 60 months renters or owners can convert to a 10 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload service plan for only $10 per month
- 100 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload for $45 per month
- No installation charge with one- year contract
- 1000 download/1000 upload Mbps for $80 per month
- No installation charge with one-year contract
“We’re one step closer to bringing gigabit speed broadband to Seattle,” commented Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in the press release. “We are leveraging our new public-private partnership with the University of Washington and Gigabit Squared to help Seattle compete in the global economy. I’m excited to see how our residents and businesses can innovate with this new infrastructure.”
This pricing plan is somewhat in line with Google Fiber, who also offers a free service, provided the subscriber pays a one-time connection fee. Google’s 1 Gig service is priced at $70 per month. Other Gigabit providers are not as generous with their plans, with many running as high as $300 or more per month or more.
No word yet on how incumbents, including CenturyLink, plan to respond.