Cox brings G1GABLAST gigabit Internet service to Louisiana

Cox Communications says it will offer its G1GABLAST gigabit Internet service to three locations in Louisiana. The deployments are more rifle shots than shotgun blasts...

Cox Business has made a couple of big wins with major venues in Las Vegas.
Cox Business has made a couple of big wins with major venues in Las Vegas.
Cox Communications says it will offer its G1GABLAST gigabit Internet service to three locations in Louisiana. The deployments are more rifle shots than shotgun blasts, comprising two subdivisions and an apartment complex. But further deployments in the state are on the way, Cox says. The gigabit broadband service will be available in the Americana Traditional Neighborhood Development "smart community" in Zachary, the Lexi Falls subdivision in the City of Broussard, and the Bella Ridge/Cottonwood Creek apartments in Harahan, just outside of New Orleans. Additional deployments in the state will be announced "in the near future" Cox said in a press release. The Louisiana G1GABLAST offerings join previously announced roll outs in parts of Phoenix, Orange County, Las Vegas, and Omaha (see "Cox Growing Gigabit Footprint"). Cox has said it will be able to offer G1GABLAST in all of its markets by the end of next year. The service provider faces gigabit broadband competition from CenturyLink in Las Vegas, and Omaha (see "CenturyLink Touts Gigabit Reach"). Google Fiber has mentioned Phoenix as a possible market for expansion, while CenturyLink currently offers gigabit business services in that market. Cox plans to lean on DOCSIS 3.1 technology for much of its G1GABLAST roll out once the technology becomes readily available, a milestone expected next year. The company is being someone coy about its technology strategy until that point. "Everything pre-end of 2016 (and DOCSIS 3.1) involves bringing fiber closer to customers, but we aren't being more specific than that," wrote Cox Executive Director, Media Relations Todd C. Smith in an email.
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