Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced that it delivered high-speed fiber-optic internet services to 122,000 homes and small businesses in the first half of 2021, setting the provider well on its way to completing 300,000 gigabit speed fiber connections by the end of the year.
According to the company, more than 60 towns in California, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Texas, and Vermont have benefited from the company’s five-year fiber expansion plan, which will upgrade more than 70% of its service footprint to symmetrical, multi-gigabit speeds.
As noted by Consolidated, "These infrastructure updates play a critical role in bridging the digital divide that exists across all states and especially rural areas during a time when broadband internet access is more important than ever for families and communities. "
Consolidated contends its fiber internet service delivers speeds 20 times faster than the national average, with symmetrical upload and download speeds, allowing customers to work and learn from home, video chat without the screen freezing, and download high-definition video with multiple connected devices simultaneously.
“Consolidated Communications’ fiber internet is faster than the fastest upstream offered by my previous provider,” asserted Dave Hamilton, a Durham, NH, resident and host of the popular 'Mac Geek Gab' podcast. “Uploading podcasts and video files was always a struggle with cable, but my Consolidated symmetrical fiber connection has made it so much smoother and faster, with noticeably lower latency.”
Consolidated says its new fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) internet networks "are delivering reliable, high-speed connectivity with highly competitive pricing and plans for a wide range of needs."
The company's symmetrical 1-gig internet service is available for $70 per month, including equipment and installation costs. All Consolidated residential plans feature a one-year price lock with no contract required.