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Consolidated Communications has made symmetrical gigabit fiber FTTP available to 122,000 locations during the first half of 2021. Expansion plans include making service available to 300,000 locations by year’s end.

The company has upgraded infrastructure in more than 60 towns in California, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Texas and Vermont. Consolidated says that it will upgrade 70% of its footprint during a five-year expansion plan.

The service is available for $70 per month including equipment and installation costs. No contract is required.

“Consolidated Communications’ fiber internet is faster than the fastest upstream offered by my previous provider,” Durham, NH subscriber and host of the Mac Geek Gab podcast said in a press release about the Consolidated expansion. “Uploading podcasts and video files was always a struggle with cable, but my Consolidated symmetrical fiber connection has made it so much smoother and faster, with noticeably lower latency.”

It’s been a busy few months for Consolidated. Among its moves:

  • Earlier this month, the company said that by the end of September it will provide symmetrical gigabit fiber to more than 30,000 previously unserved business and residences in Barre, Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Fair Haven, Rutland, West Rutland, Pittsfield, Montpelier and Proctor, VT.
  • Consolidated expansion efforts also include bringing service to 25,000 residents and businesses in the New Hampshire towns of Durham, Kingston, North Hampton, Pelham, Raymond, Rye, Salem and Seabrook. Almost 32,000 total addresses in the towns will be served by the end of the year, the company said.
  • Earlier in June, the company said it began delivering service to 23,000 additional residents and businesses in the Sacramento area in June. This adds to the 22,000 upgrades the company completed in April.
  • On June 1, the company said it would provide service to 9,000 locations this summer and 16,000 by the end of the year in Keene, NH.

The company also said earlier this month that it had received all required state public utilities communications in connection to an investment by Searchlight Capital Partners LP.

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