CenturyLink begins 1 Gbps ad campaign in Omaha, but actual speed, availability issues reported
In an ad on their website and this video, the service provider talks about how its 1 Gig Broadband service is "a revolutionary new network CenturyLink is bringing to Omaha."
Residents can type their address into a web portal to see if they are eligible to get the service.
While the telco is touting the 1 Gbps speeds, it appears that a number of users who have been converted to fiber can't get anywhere near that speed. According to a subscriber in Broadband DSL Reports user form that was updated to fiber, they can only get 40 Mbps.
Unlike the Greenfield deployments being done by Google Fiber (Nasdaq: GOOG) and various municipalities, CenturyLink was able to leverage existing fiber network infrastructure that it used to deliver service.
When it begins offering the 1 Gbps service, eligible customers will pay $150 for a standalone data service and $80 when they purchase a triple play bundle.
However, the reality is that outside of this pilot the majority of CenturyLink's customers can only today get up to 3 Mbps DSL.
- Broadband DSL Reports has this post
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