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Fastest home internet access ever rolls out in US city

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US Internet's 10 GBPS home connections are among the fastest ever (Image credit: US Internet)
US Internet's 10 GBPS home connections are among the fastest ever (Image credit: US Internet)
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Currently, the new services serves about 30,000 homes (Image credit: US Internet)
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Some residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a holiday gift this December – the fastest home internet speed available just about anywhere in the world.

US Internet, based in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka, announced this week that it has begun rolling out 10 gigabit per second internet access, ten times faster than Google Fiber's much-publicized gigabit connections, and similar planned networks in the UK.

It's also much faster than typical speeds in South Korea, often cited as having the fastest average connections in the world. The company says that compared to the rest of the United States, 10 Gbps is about 200 times faster than the average home connection nationwide.

The fiber optic service will cost $399 per month and the company claims that it will deliver matching upload and download speeds. While only available to a limited number of homes in the southwestern part of the city this winter, US Internet plans to expand its service area in the summer of 2015.

The company currently offers gigabit service for $65 per month in the same service area. In many areas of the United States, cable internet providers charge a comparable amount for connections with a fraction of that kind of speed, while others must contend with even slower DSL access.

Source: US Internet

9 comments
Clint Norwood
Seriously how is this going to work with the average home user whose computer can't even write data to disk that fast? Even 1 Gbps is faster than most home computers can write.
Chris Conder
B4RN supplies 10 Gigabit per second symmetrical in the UK. Most customers just want 1 Gigabit though! With a real fibre connection you can supply anything at all the customers want or need. Unlike the old copper phone network that is no longer fit for purpose. Many homes now have many gadgets, all streaming or working at the same time, and that is the beauty of these really clean fast connections, everything just works, no matter what demands you put upon it. And its cheap, because its not going through obsolete old copper exchanges.
StWils
The important point is that the ONLY element of internet communications that US consumers lead in is that we have the absolute highest price and nearly the crappiest service quality of any nation. Even some third world nations with only modest industrial infrastructure have better speed, service quality AND a Far Lower price.
Jerry Peavy
$399.00 a month? I guess there are suckers born every second! Someday the U.S. will not allow monopolies ;)
Stephen N Russell
Cant fiber optic rates compete with DSL?? Or other IE cable TV. Then we can select., awesome Someone has to take AT&T out of steamship DSL thinking
Joseph Mertens
And Net Neutrality gets Neutered.
pmshah
So what kind of hardware upgrade will be required? A $ 200/- + fiber optic network adapter and a $ 400/- + router AND fiber optic cables from every stationery household appliance in the house to the router costing only god knows how much ? You can add further costs for all the wifi appliances ! Isn't is said that the chain is only as strong as its weakest link ?
JosephsidusMelo
10 GBPS equivale a quantos gigabytes/s ? How many Gigabytes/s correspond to that speed?
DexterSchokman
Who can afford $399. What people need is affordable high speed Internet at competitive prices. It is possible to reduce the cost of providing high speed Internet if competitive restrictions and unfair practices are removed.