US telco Consolidated Communications has announced that 1Gbps broadband speeds are now available in select areas of its California service territory. The company says it has expanded Gigabit availability to some 16,000 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) customers in the Roseville, California area, with 1Gbps packages available to new and existing customers for USD69.95 per month. According to a separate article by Fierce Telecom, the FTTH network in question was actually built around 15 years ago and was inherited by Consolidated when it acquired SureWest in 2012. The latter purchased the Roseville networks when it took over Western Integrated Networks, which operated as WINfirst, in 2002.
TeleGeography notes that the Californian deployment represents the telco’s third Gigabit market; Consolidated Communications previously launched 1Gbps broadband speeds in Kansas City, Kansas in 2014, followed by Houston, Texas in 2015. The telco’s total network footprint spans parts of California, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.