If you're lucky enough to live in Sonic.net's service area, you'll be pleased to hear that the company has lowered the price of its Fusion Broadband + Phone ADSL2+/voice bundle from $50 to $40.
With Sonic.net's $40 bundle, a user could get up to 20 Mbps speeds with unlimited nationwide voice calling.
Meanwhile, the ISP also reduced the price of its two-line 40 Mbps residential Fusion service from $100 to $80, an anomaly in an industry where traditional ILECs and cable operators continue to increase prices of broadband and multi-play service packages every year.
Sonic.net is one of the last of the dying breed of independent ISPs that not only build its own network, but managed to evade the pitfalls many other competitive providers suffered in the early part of this century.
But lower priced ADSL2+ bundles are just one part of the service provider's ambitions. As reported in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in March, Sonic.net is going to roll out Fiber to the Premises services to 600 Sebastopol, Calif. homes.
What's driving Sonic.net to consider rolling out its own FTTP network is twofold: the associated costs of driving fiber deeper into RTs and lack of access to Verizon's FiOS network. Last June, Verizon announced that it would discontinue selling FiOS FTTP services to other ISPs.