Cable One set to roll out 1-gig services in 2016

Cable One will begin rolling out 1-gig Internet services across its footprint, starting in January.

A Cable One executive, who isn't authorized to comment and thus can't be named, told FierceCable the 1 Gbps rollout will target Cable One's entire 19-state footprint. Cable One representatives have not yet responded to FierceCable's inquiry for official comment. However, the executive said a larger announcement regarding the company's 1-gig plans will be made later this month. 

Speaking to a state legislature committee focused on broadband, Aldo Casartelli, VP of Internet for Cable One, revealed the company's plan to deploy 1 Gbps downstream services, which will culminate by the end of 2016. He said that about 80 percent of the company's customers now get 100 Mbps service, a benchmark he described as "almost unheard-of in the U.S."

Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cable One finished the second quarter with 457,401 data customers.

Cable One's announcement comes as other mid-sized cable operators in the U.S. have also embarked on rollouts of 1 Gbps services. 

Last month, Suddenlink Communications deepened its 1 Gbps buildout, extending service to an additional four cities in Texas: Lubbock, Shallowater, Wolfforth and Post. The cable provider's expansion is being made possible through its $250 million investment in network upgrades via its Operation GigaSpeed program, launched last August.

Also last month, Midcontinent Communications said it will soon light its first three markets with 1 Gbps in South Dakota, bringing it another step toward its goal to deliver 1 Gbps throughout its entire footprint by the end of 2017.

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Updated: This story was updated on Oct. 15 after Cable One clarified its rollout dates for 1 Gbps service.