You can't get 1-gig Internet service in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it's a go in Kentucky. Windstream has begun its 1 Gbps FTTH trial in Lexington, Ky., marking the first step of its plans to launch the service in five markets during the first half of 2016.
Besides Lexington, Windstream said it will start offering a 1 Gbps service for residential and small business locations in Lincoln, Neb., Sugar Land, Texas, and Concord and Matthews, N.C.
One of the side benefits of the 1 Gbps service is that Windstream could expand the availability of its Kinetic IPTV service in Lincoln and Lexington. The provider began offering IPTV service in parts of these two markets earlier this year, giving consumers an alternative to cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, which is being purchased by Charter Communications. FierceTelecom has a complete report on Windstream's Lexington trials here.