CenturyLink on Tuesday said it now offers 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic Internet service in parts of Spokane, looking to lure business customers away from cable or DSL.
The expansion extends fiber service to downtown Spokane, some areas north of downtown, parts of Spokane Valley and portions of Airway Heights, said Tom Novotney, general manager for CenturyLink in Washington.
The company is the dominant landline phone service provider in Eastern Washington. Until now it has primarily offered Internet services for customers through older-style copper phone lines.
CenturyLink is rolling out the business-class fiber service in 12 other cities and expanding it in three others.
Over time the company will also offer fiber-based Internet service for residential customers in Spokane County. That option will only be in new residential development, not existing areas served by copper-based phone networks, Novotney said.
Other telecommunication companies already offer high-speed fiber options for area businesses. Novotney said CenturyLink’s pricing for 1-gigabit service will be from $700 to $1,000 per month.
Novotney said target customers for its fiber service include small and midsize businesses.
CenturyLink also offers customers the option to buy fiber service at less than 1 gigabit, he added. Businesses wanting fiber service need to be within 500 feet of a fiber-optic node to get full gigabit connections, he said.
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