Cedar Falls today becomes the first city in Iowa to make the national shortlist of “gigabit cities”—locations where gigabit Internet service is available. Cedar Falls Utilities announced the high-speed Internet would be available to businesses and homes via the city’s fiber optic network.
“We can turn up a customer’s gigabit service on the same day they ask for it, if not the same hour,” said Jim Krieg, Cedar Falls Utilities general manager, in the release. “The facilities are already in place, so we can activate the service remotely from our network operations center.”
Cedar Falls joins about 10 other U.S. cities, including Kansas City and Omaha, that currently have gigabit Internet, with many more in the process. The service will cost roughly $275/month for homeowners—there’s a $7.50 discount for cable subscribers—and $950/month for businesses, according to Cedar Falls Utilities. In comparison, Kansas City residents can access a similar gigabit service through Google Fiber for $70/month and Omaha residents can go through CenturyLink for $149.95/month or $79.95/month when bundled with other services.
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