Shentel said it has launched symmetrical 5 Gbps Glo Fiber service across all of its markets, which include parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. More than 147,000 homes will have the service available to them.

A Shentel spokesperson confirmed that the 5 Gbps service will cost $285 monthly and that the company uses XGS-PON for its 5 Gbps builds.

The company has been deploying 5 Gbps service for greenfield builds, such as one that the company did to serve the Ford’s Colony community in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Shentel can trace its roots back over 100 years to when it started out as Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, a telephone service provider serving Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The company began using the brand name Glo Fiber several years ago and has been quite aggressive in expanding fiber broadband to neighboring states.

The company charges $65 for 600 Mbps service, $80 for 1.2 Gbps service and $135 for 2.4 Gbps service.

“Adding 5 Gig internet service to our multi-gig product portfolio allows Glo Fiber to meet the demands of our customers and communities. 5 Gig is a premium residential service designed to connect multiple devices at their fastest possible speeds over a reliable, 100% fiber optic network,” said Ed McKay, Shentel Chief Operating Officer, in a press release about the 5 Gbps Glo Fiber launch.

More and more providers have begun offering 5 Gbps service. Among them are Google Fiber, AT&T, Ziply, and others.

Updated with information from a Shentel spokesperson

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