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In July, 330 exchanges with a collective service area of more than 400,000 households will have access to Windstream’s 8 Gbps Kinetic broadband service. The company says that at that point it will be offering 8 Gbps service to more households than any other service provider in the United States.

The 8 Gbps upgrade will reach even further going forward, Windstream said. The expansion is part of the company’s $2 billion capital investment that is aimed at its entire 18-state footprint. 

“We know that homes have more connected devices than ever before,” Clay Fisher, the chief marketing officer for Windstream’s Kinetic brand, said in a press release. “And that will just keep growing. Families will continue to need more bandwidth to keep these devices running smoothly. Kinetic is the company that is looking to the future to give our customers all the bandwidth they need.”

Windstream has quite a lot of company in the 8 Gbps category. 

Late last year, TDS Telecom said that it was providing symmetrical 8 Gbps service to more than 75 communities across the country. The company said that it planned deployments in Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, Washington and Wisconsin.

In April, Google Fiber said that symmetrical 8 Gbps service was available in West Des Moines, IA.

In August, Lumen Technologies announced Quantum service, which the company said would begin supporting symmetrical 8 Gbps speeds to residences and businesses near Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle. The service will be built on XGS-PON technology.

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