first_imgAt one time, a 1Gbps broadband connection to the Internet seemed like a pipe dream. That was until we reported in April 2010 that an ISP based in Hong Kong planned to offer it for an astonishing $26 a month. Luckily, such a service being offered here in the U.S. became more of a reality when Google partnered with Sonic.net.In December of last year the two companies teamed up to manage Google’s trial fiber-to-the home-network at Stanford University which will encompass 850 faculty and staff homes on campus. One of the reasons Sonic.net was viewed as a top candidate to manage Google‘s network was due to the fact the company had previously announced its own plans to offer fiber connections of up to 1Gbps to homes in Sebastopol, California. That deployment has now begun.AdChoices广告While just the mere fact that a 1Gbps connection will become an option for about 700 homes in Sebastopol is astounding, what is truly mind blowing is what Sonic.net plans to charge for the plan. Believe it or not, they only want $69.95 per month for it, and that even includes two phone lines with unlimited long distance calling. A 100Mbps option for $39.95 a month will also be offered which includes one phone line with unlimited long distance calling.Within the next month, about 60 homes residing on Florence Avenue will be connected to Sonic.net’s fiber network with the remaining homes being connected before the end of the year. The service will begin as a trial which, if successful, will be followed by the deployment of a similar network to Santa Rosa or San Francisco.Outside of its deployment at Stanford University, Google plans to deploy a 1Gbps fiber network to Kansas City as part of its goal to reach from 50,000 up to potentially 500,000 homes with its fiber network. Google selected Kansas City as part of its Fiber for Communities Project which solicited submissions from a number of communities nationwide with Kansas City eventually coming out on top. The Kansas City fiber network is expected to be up and running by 2012.Read more at PressDemocrat.comlast_img read more