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Gigabit fiber internet in Grand Rapids

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I've just been hooked up with Lightspeed gigabit internet at Union Square.  Their service is available in several downtown-area residential developments and they also apparently are offering 10gbit service as well.  I know several folks were hoping for Google Fiber to show up, but it looks like we now have a local provider option that is offering the same speeds at a lower price. I have been in touch with the CEO of this company throughout the approval and permitting process with the city and the building.  The guy responds to email/tweets/phone calls nearly immediately and is excited about interfacing with the public.  Try doing that with the CEO of Comcast :P

I've only been running this for a few days but so far so good, the speeds are what they advertise and my experience with their support has been excellent.

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I'm hoping this is the start of what Google said was their intention: forcing the national providers into upgrading their systems and offerings, or creating market awareness allowing startups to enter into markets previously dominated by the major providers with a differentiated product.  At the end of the day, Google's efforts have paved the way to allow this to happen, so while we never did get Google fiber in town, some GR residents do now have a similar option at a competitive price.

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I've been watching their deployment with great interest. Would love to see them build out to residential neighborhoods soon.

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Acentek out in Allendale just finished it's fiber rollout and I opted for just the 100MB connection for $50 and it's great. I was very happy to turn in all my Comcast junk.  100MB service is reliable so far.

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