Sonic.net eyes Bay Area for 1 Gig network

Sonic.net, a broadband ISP who has recently been seen challenging incumbent cable TV operators in California with over-the-top video, has announced plans for a 1 Gbps broadband network in the San Francisco Bay area.

Like Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Chattanooga, Tenn.'s EPB, Sonic.net is among a few service providers pushing aggressively into bigger bandwidth offers at a time when many others are minding their usage caps. In fact, Sonic.net has already vocally criticized the usage cap strategies employed by others.

However, the ISP is not new to the 1 Gig broadband business, having already launched the capability in the Sebastopol, Calif., market. There, it sells 1 Gbps access for $69.95 per month. In San Francisco, it plans to start with a 2,000-home pilot network, but has a five-year plan to serve the entire market. However, Sonic.net may have to overcome San Francisco's aversion to large fiber broadband cabinets.

Last fall, Sonic.net applied for a video franchise license in California.

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