Sonic's fiber play brings 1 gigabit service to Calif. town on the cheap

Think you need Google in your neighborhood to deliver 1 gigabit Internet service? Think again. Sonic.net, an 18-year-old ISP in Santa Rosa, Calif., is offering a limited trial of the service in the Sonoma County town of Sebastopal. The cost? 70 bucks a month, and that includes two free, unlimited long-distance phone lines, too. The service isn't used by many of the residents, though; they're happy enough with a 100 Mbps service that costs them only $40 a month and includes two free phone lines as well. Sonic isn't the only game in town, either; it's got some big name competition: Comcast, which offers a 105 Mbps service for a staggering $200 a month, and AT&T, which offers a comparatively pedestrian 24 Mbps service for $50. Sonic made the switch from DSL to fiber last year, offering residents five times the speed they were getting for the same price. Article

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