New information from Gigabit Squared for the first time since the excitement over its announcement four months ago that its plans for mega-fast Internet service would include West Seattle as one of 14 “demonstration neighborhoods.” (Here’s our February report.) This morning, GB2 sent a news release with its projected pricing when it launches its first neighborhoods (listed as the West Campus District, First Hill, Capitol Hill , and Central Area). You can read the full news release on the GB2 website; here are the toplines, and their reply to our WS-specific followup:
5 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload: No charge for 60 months
5/1 Mbps services are transferrable to new renters or owners
After 60 months renters or owners can convert to a 10 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload service plan for only $10 per month
100 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload for $45 per month
No installation charge with one- year contract
1000 download/1000 upload Mbps for $80 per month
No installation charge with one-year contract
If you’re not at Plan B level or higher with a one-year contract, the news release says, there’s a $350 installation charge.
We asked about the latest timeline for West Seattle; spokesperson Matt Weinland replied, “At this time, we only have specifics on the neighborhoods mentioned in the release. However, we’re working around the clock with our engineering and build teams to ensure that the original targeted communities will receive service as quickly as possible. We are planning to roll out service to all 14 neighborhoods throughout 2014. We will be making an announcement in July (next month) regarding how residents can sign up and help us prioritize neighborhoods.” The map on its website has the same West Seattle boundaries as it did in February, but GB2 said at the time that those were not necessarily the final boundaries, so if you’re interested, get on their list regardless of whether you’re in that area or not – here’s the current link.