One small provider, one gigabit Internet pipe

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Drool alert: Gigabit Internet pipe for $70. But only for the geographically lucky.

Be lucky enough to live close to Sonic.net and you get can get an Internet connection of 1 gigabit per second. However, most of the lucky few settle for 100Mbps for $39.95 per month. Such speeds are one way tiny Sonic.net stays alive squeezed as a small DSL service provider dancing between the giant cable and phone companies.

Customer service counts, and Sonic.net wins raves for theirs. But when the faster ADSL2+ became available, Sonic.net beat the cable company speeds, at least for customers close to their office. That's why a few lucky folks in Sepastapol California have blazing Internet access, and some more in San Francisco. As Sonic.net continues their self-financed growth and move to run fiber to their customers, perhaps other providers will emulate their high speed, low prices, and quality service.

Carrier comments

I'm from Sebastopol; sonic.net is a truly great ISP.
veidr on news.ycombinator.com

what really sucks though is Verizon stopped the fiber roll out 1.5 miles from my house.
Circadia on arstechnica.com

this sort of thing needs to happen to move tech forward. existing companies have no reason to provide this kind of service. particularly not cable companies.
mattkime on macresource.com

This is all the more reason why we need a municipal fiber network in major cities (dense urban areas).
ajays on news.ycombinator.com

Jealous

I pay $40 a month for about 1 Mbps.
AceRimmer on arstechnica.com

A tiny David sticking it to a Goliath in a small ISP market. Yeah, I like these kinds of stories.
deckeda on macresource.com

I think the number of people in the S.F. area that can get their premiere service is in the single digit percentages.
Filliam H. Muffman on macresource.com

I remember someone telling me that in Sweden when you move into a place, you can just plug your network cable in, your browser will direct you to a page where you can select whatever provider you like, enter your payment details and you are online.
pushingbits on news.ycombinator.com

Can't be right

I feel like there are parts of this story that are possibly missing, such as Sonic receiving sweetheart subsidies from state legislators or other things that give them an unfair advantage over market competitors like Cox or Time Warner.
ahugeblunt on arstechnica.com

I've never heard of sonic.net receiving any subsidies, but if you have, please let us know the details.
toast0 on rstechnica.com

Any hope cities will start to demand all new construction includes installing fiber along with water and electrical lines?

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