US cableco Cable ONE has announced plans to launch 1Gbps broadband services in more than 200 cities and towns in 2016, noting that the service will be available to the majority of its customers by the end of the year. The cableco already offers customised, dedicated Gigabit fibre-optic services to businesses, while the first batch of 1Gbps residential markets have been named as: Altus and Duncan (both Oklahoma); Borger (Texas); Emporia (Kansas); Bisbee and Cottonwood (both Arizona) and McCall (Idaho). The company claims to have invested more than USD500 million on network upgrades over the last five years, including the so-called ‘Gig City’ plan.
Joe Felbab, vice president of marketing for Cable ONE, commented: ‘We are excited to be able to offer Gigabit service to nearly 1.5 million homes in the markets we serve … Cable ONE will be the first provider in the majority of our markets to offer Gigabit speeds to residential customers. Unlike many of our competitors, Gigabit service will be available to all of our customers – not just a select few in certain areas. We have been committed for decades to serving smaller cities and towns, and we are delighted to provide them with the latest technology to make them Gig cities in 2016’.