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FTTH provider i3 Broadband has added an 8 Gbps tier and realigned its offerings and pricing in its greater St. Louis service area.

In addition to the 8 Gbps tier, the service provider has added a 2 Gbps option. The company will continue to offer 1 Gbps and 300 Mbps options. All the tiers are symmetrical.

There are no residential service contracts, data limits or installation or activation fees. The 1 Gbps and 2 Gbps tiers include a free Wi-Fi router. Extenders are available for $5, according to the press release.

i3 Broadband serves central Illinois, Missouri and Rhode Island. The company has money for network upgrades and expansion since it was acquired by Wren House Infrastructure Management Limited in September 2020.

In February 2021, i3 said it would provide service at speeds up to 10 Gbps to several cities in St. Charles County, MO. This February, i3 acquired Big River Broadband and its wholly-owned subsidiary Circle Fiber, which served southeast Missouri. Two months later, i3 said that it expanded in the Greater Rockford, IL, area.

Several service providers have made 8 Gbps announcements during the past half year:

  • Earlier this week, Windstream said that next month 330 exchanges with a collective service of more than 400,000 households will have access to its 8 Gbps Kinetic broadband service.
  • In April, Google Fiber introduced 8 Gbps service in West Des Moines, IA.
  • Last December, TDS Telecom said that it offers 8 Gbps service in more than 75 communities across the United States.
  • Last August, Lumen Technologies introduced the Quantum 8 Gbps service to Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle. The company also made other 8 Gbps announcements within the last several months.

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