Sonic.net to launch a 1 Gbps FTTH service

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Sonic.net, a competitive residential service provider known for its disruptive broadband pricing, will soon break a new mold with its 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home (FTTH) service.

Unlike its traditional DSL offerings, Sonic's 1 Gbps service is going to run on its own fiber network that it's building out throughout its Sonoma County, California area service footprint.

Dane Jasper, CEO and founder of Sonic.net told The Press Democrat that the FTTH service will be initially available to 60 homes in the Florence Avenue area in about a month and then an additional 640 homes by the end of 2011.

For consumers in Sonic's serving area, the real kicker here is the price.

A consumer can get the 1 Gbps service for $69.95 a month with two phone lines and unlimited long distance calling, while the 100 Mbps speed tier will cost $39.95 a month with one phone line and unlimited long distance voice service. Both service packages are much less than Verizon's FiOS offering or cable's 50 and 100 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 speed tiers.

Sonic's new service is another project where it can hone its FTTH skills. The service provider will also manage and operate Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) FTTH project on the Stanford University campus.

Of course, Sonic is not alone in its disruptive FTTH pricing. In Hong Kong, Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is offering a 1 Gbps FTTH service for $20 a month.

For more:
- The Press Democrat has this article

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