Small ISP to offer 1 Gbps broadband service for $70

Who wouldn't want to have an Internet connection to the home that's not just faster than nearly any other service you can get but also reasonably priced to boot? A small California-based ISP called Sonic.net is preparing to do just that for its customers in the town of Sebastopol. Ars Technica reports that the company will soon complete work on a pilot program that will offer some of  that town's residents with speeds up to 1 Gbps for the price of just $70 a month.

According to the story, this trial program will be made available in 700 homes in the town of Sebastopol when it is completed. If this pilot program works, Sonic.net plans to expand it to other parts of its region. Home phone service is also a part of the cheap $70 deal. Sonic.net has some teamed up with Google to run the 1 Gbps Internet network that will give 800 faculty homes at Stanford University super fast net access. Google is also helping to launch a 1 Gbps net service in Kansas City that is expected to go live in 2012.

This kind of low pricing for high Internet speeds has the ability to shake up the market. Companies like Comcast, Time Warner and others don't offer its customers nearly that kind of speed and their current highest speeds are not only are more expensive than Sonic.net's $70 a month deal, but many of them also have broadband net caps.

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ADSL 2 (not 2+ (very important difference)) @ 8Mbps uncapped for $79.99 AU

So about 85 US dollars for 8Mbps. Got to love that

I'd kill for that set up >.>

I can get 1/10 that speed (100mbit) with a 250GB cap for around $190 locally.
currently paying more than above price for 1/50 that speed. (20mbit - tis uncapped though)

Yeah saw this last week, Sonic and Google will help push speeds for other companies (hopefully) then we can have 100Mbps as basic! Sweeden and Japan and some of those places have 1Gbps for a while now!

I have a small family owned cable ISP in my area (KY).. I get 50/5 for $49.99 no caps.... Not to bad but I would take more

$70 is about £44. I know it's fibre-optic, but that is way to expensive; I don't know how anyone who isn't rich could pay that per month. It makes me glad that we pay £10/month for up to 8 Mb/s (even though I only actually get 1.5 Mb/s).

Meph said,
$70 is about £44. I know it's fibre-optic, but that is way to expensive; I don't know how anyone who isn't rich could pay that per month. It makes me glad that we pay £10/month for up to 8 Mb/s (even though I only actually get 1.5 Mb/s).

Is that a joke? Because..yeah..

Meph said,
$70 is about £44. I know it's fibre-optic, but that is way to expensive; I don't know how anyone who isn't rich could pay that per month. It makes me glad that we pay £10/month for up to 8 Mb/s (even though I only actually get 1.5 Mb/s).

ummm yeah, i'll have what ever your smoking please...

Meph said,
$70 is about £44. I know it's fibre-optic, but that is way to expensive; I don't know how anyone who isn't rich could pay that per month. It makes me glad that we pay £10/month for up to 8 Mb/s (even though I only actually get 1.5 Mb/s).

So you're actually paying £10 for 1.5 mb/s- not 8, Peaches.

the GJ said,

Pretty sure he mixed up Mb/s and MB/s

Internet speeds are always measured in bits/s so I'm pretty sure he said it right.
Even still to say $70 for this service is too much is just crazy to begin with.

Meph said,
$70 is about £44. I know it's fibre-optic, but that is way to expensive; I don't know how anyone who isn't rich could pay that per month. It makes me glad that we pay £10/month for up to 8 Mb/s (even though I only actually get 1.5 Mb/s).

For 1Gbps I would gladly pay 50 quid here in the UK. Thats an unbelievable deal.

Xenosion said,
Even still to say $70 for this service is too much is just crazy to begin with.

Too right. In my house, we're on Virgin Media 50Mb fiber optic broadband, and that costs £25 a month (not including the line rental, which is an extra £12.99 a month), which translates to $40 a month. There's also a 100Mb option from Virgin Media, which is £35 a month, or $57 a month. So 1Gb broadband for $70/£43 a month is what I'd call a bloody bargain.

People of Sebastopol, California, you sure are a bunch of lucky gits.

Even though it would be a stretch budget wise for myself, I'd make sure I could find the money for that speed!

I can't even get Virgin in my area so I'm stuck with 5Mbit down-1.5Mbit up, I'd pay that much for 50Mbit, never mind 1Gbit!

Why not? It doesn't require 700 Gbps backbone after all. I wonder what speeds are guaranteed/maximum for cross-ISP and foreign connections.

I know Dane Jasper since '97 - '98 when he first started Sonic.net with offering dial up connection services to residents in Santa Rosa.
He's been through some ups and downs but he's done well overall.
It's good he's finally putting to use that fiber

This sucks.. I'm on Comcast and for $70 I'm lucky to get decent speeds on my 22/4 package and 250gig a month cap!!