Gigabit Squared to offer $80 1 Gbps FTTH service in Seattle

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Gigabit Squared, an economic development organization focused on bringing IT-enabled infrastructure to communities, has revealed the pricing plans for the fiber to the home (FTTH) network services in Seattle it will launch in 2014.

Eligible users will be able to choose from three main service plans: a 5/1 Mbps plan with no charge for 60 months that includes the option to convert to a symmetrical 10 Mbps service plan for only $10 per month; a symmetrical 100 Mbps plan for $45 per month; and a symmetrical 1 Gbps option for $80 per month.

Customers who sign a one-year contract for 100 Mbps or higher service won't have to pay the $350 installation fee.

Delivered as part of a program called Gigabit Seattle, the service will be initially offered to neighborhoods located within the West Campus District, First Hill, Capitol Hill and Central Area of Seattle.

Mark Ansboury, president of Gigabit Squared, said in a release that "thousands of Seattle residents have already expressed an interest in the service."

Similar to what Google has done with its FTTH service in Missouri and Kansas, Gigabit Squared will begin a sign-up process in July that it said will enable it to prioritize the rollout schedule.

Outside of Seattle, Gigabit Squared is making progress in other cities, including Chicago. Earlier this month, the organization named Zayo as its fiber backbone provider partner for the Gigabit Chicago project, which will initially provide Gbps speed services to over 4,825 residents, businesses, schools, and hospitals.

For more:
- see the release

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