Global internet and data services provider US Internet has let it be known this week that they’re bringing the fastest internet connection in the history of the world to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company, founded in 1995, will be bringing on “the same broadband as Fortune 100 companies” and beyond to small business owners and residential customers. According to Joe Caldwell, Co-CEO of US Internet, “With our new fiber network, we have redefined what is considered broadband Internet and taken our speed capabilities to next-gen levels, resulting in the fastest Internet service the world has ever seen for home users.”
“The launch of our 10 GBPS Internet service,” said Caldwell, “will make Minneapolis the first city in the world to receive access to the Internet at speeds never before experienced in our country, or any other country for that matter, both in terms of 10 GBPS download and upload speeds.”
There are two down-sides to this news for your everyday average citizen. The first is cost. In order to get the fastest internet speeds in the world, you’re going to need to pay $399 USD a month. That’s a pretty massive jump from their next cheapest option, 1Gbps speed for $65 a month.
Of course if you live in Minneapolis, you’ve got US Internet, Comcast, and CenturyLink as your options, and neither of the other two groups have speeds anywhere near that fast – or a fiber option in the first place.
The second down-side to this situation is temporary.
The internet we’re talking about here is Fiber. This means you’re going to need to have your home wired in a unique way – it won’t just be a matter of bringing home a wireless internet box.
In Minnesota, there’s a bit of a problem with this installation process at the moment as the ground through which this Fiber wire needs to go through is solidly frozen. According to US Internet‘s Fiber Internet order console:
Any new orders entered this year that require us to dig may not be completed until next Spring due to the upcoming ground freeze. Those that we are unable to complete this fall will have priority this upcoming Spring when the ground thaws.
So this new “fastest internet ever” is available now, but only if you happen to live in a location that already has Fiber installed. That’d just be a boost from 1Gbps Up/Down to 10Gbps Up/Down, which is still a substantial jump, to be sure.
Now we’ve just got to wait for Google Fiber to come for competition!