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Posted March 29, 2018 08:56:31After the release of the first-ever gigabit-per-second broadband service in North America, the big river region has been under a cloud for some time.
While big river broadband will provide the backbone of the Internet and the backbone for fiber optic lines to connect to homes and businesses, it’s a new way of accessing the Internet that many residents don’t understand.
“I’ve never heard of gigabit fiber, but this is a great way to access the Internet,” said Mark Durnell, the chief operating officer of The Durnells, a small business in the city of El Paso, Texas.
“The first gigabit is like going to the local McDonalds, which you can get for about $30, but I think this is the best deal, with a lower price point and faster speeds.”
A few weeks ago, the city’s broadband provider, Frontier, launched the first gigabits-per second service in the US.
Frontier says the service will be available in cities across the state, as well as in parts of Texas.
The service is not available in the larger cities of San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Frontier is also offering service in some smaller cities like El Paso and Bexar County.
The service will only be available to those in El Paso as of this morning, when the first 100 homes are connected.
It will be added to the company’s existing network in the next few weeks, Frontier says.
Durnell said he was surprised at how quickly the first service was rolled out in the small town of El Pueblo, which is about 60 miles northwest of San Diego.
“When I first got on the line I was a little worried,” he said.
“We’ve been in a little bit of a black hole for a few months, so I was worried if we’re going to get a gigabit, we’re not going to be able to get it in our neighborhood.”
The service will not be available immediately for residents in the smaller cities, but it will be rolled out soon enough, Frontier said.
That’s because it takes a lot of work to connect a large network to a small area, so the service is being rolled out slowly.
The first 100 customers in El Puyo will get a 50 megabit download speed for $199.99, while the remaining 100 will get 25 megabits per second for $149.99.
Frontier has not revealed pricing information for other regions.
“The big river has been a bit of an unknown territory for people,” Durnel said.
Frontier will be offering service at a discount to those who live in El Pomona, a town about 15 miles from El Paso.
El Paso residents who don’t live in the big cities will be able access the service in a similar fashion to the rest of the country, said Tom Schulz, the director of government affairs for Frontier.
The first 100 households in El Ponchos will get 50 megabets for $129.99 and 25 megabit for $139.99; the remaining 200 households will get 250 megabonds for $179.99 per month.
The El Paso community has been working hard to get this gigabit gigabit service, and El Paso residents have been trying to get the service for several years.
It’s a community effort, Schulz said.
“It was really important to us that the service be accessible in ElPomona,” he added.
The city of the same name, about 45 miles northwest, is the first city in Texas to offer gigabit broadband service, which it began offering in 2018.
The city of Austin has also been experimenting with gigabit Internet for years.
Austin has the highest per-capita internet speeds in the country at 1,100 megabounds per second, according to a recent report from the FCC.
The Big River is the second largest city in North Texas.
El Paso has one of the nation’s most densely populated and expensive metropolitan areas, but Frontier says it is working to increase speeds in other parts of the state and beyond.