The fastest internet speeds in the state of Connecticut don’t come from any of the usual suspects, with high speed internet providers being left behind, and no, it’s not Google Fiber coming to bring gigabit speeds to the Constitution State. Instead, Atlantic Broadband, a Canadian company, will be the first ultra high speed provider for Connecticut, with more than 37,000 homes and businesses in Eastern Connecticut receiving the service that launched last week.
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Bringing so-called gigabit service to Connecticut is an important step as state officials seek to establish the high-speed service in the state, insisting it will boost business and economic development, speeding up streaming, video and online transactions.
David Isenberg, president of Atlantic Broadband, said the high-speed service “will transform the way people communicate, work and play online” and could have a positive impact on the local economy and attract new businesses.
A “gig” refers to internet speeds of one gigabit-per-second, with one gig about 100 times faster than the average household Internet speed. A gigabit is equal to 1,000 megabits.
Nationally, internet speeds average about nine megabits per second, according to Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is working with state Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz to broaden high-speeed service in Connecticut.
Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc., a cable operator in Quebec and Ontario, says customers may download a two-hour HD movie in 32 seconds and send a large file 250 megabits in size to the office in 40 seconds.
Residential service costs $89.99 a month and businesses pay $249.99 a month.
Paul Cianelli, president of the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association, called Atlantic Broadband’s new service the “first foray” in Connecticut into high-speed residential internet service.
The major players in the US, such as Comcast and Charter, are not in danger yet, but the more that companies like this make inroads and offer superior services, the more people who are already looking to get away from the big cable providers—particularly those who have already, or want to, get rid of their cable TV service, will be ready to cut that cord.