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LightSpeed is building a brand new fiber optic network in select Michigan cities, with the mission of connecting homes to the Internet at 1 Gig speeds for an affordable price.
(10 Gig = 10,000 Megabits, around 500X faster than cable and phone company broadband.)
Announcements planned for later in 2014
Announcements planned for later in 2014
APRIL 18, 2014 - East Lansing based company LightSpeed Communications, LLC announced plans to build Gigabit Internet services to select Michigan cities. The company is building a new fiber optic network, designed to connect homes to the Internet at 1 Gigabit, or about 100 times faster than currently available Internet service.
LightSpeed plans to introduce Gigabit service to homes in the Lansing area in spring 2014. The first wave of construction to pilot neighborhoods is underway now. Homes located in the pilot areas are qualified to receive service first. To check for availability or to show interest in connecting your neighborhood, please register your address at the company's website www.golightspeed.com.
Price for 1 Gig home service is not yet released, but the Company plans to offer packages competitive with Cable Internet options.
Construction work will be prioritized to neighborhoods based on interest. To be among the first in Michigan to experience Gigabit Internet, register your address today. The company is also working on a map to illustrate planned coverage and construction progress, which it intends to launch early Summer 2014.
Construction updates will be posted to the company's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/golightspeed
1 Gigabit is about 1,000 Megabits. By contrast, cable companies advertise download speeds ranging from 5 to 50 Megabits. Lightspeed is deploying fiber offering both 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit connection options.
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LightSpeed is dedicated to revolutionizing how you connect and use the Internet. The company is constructing a brand new fiber optic Internet network designed to disrupt the ISP business.
Why should I register my address?
Lightspeed is busy constructing a brand new fiber optic network. That means we need to run new fiber cable to nearly every street to reach every address. We ask anyone interested in signing up for our service to register their address with our website so we know how best to prioritize our construction crews. We intend to build in the areas showing the most interest first.
Do you have bandwidth caps?
No. We have no intention of limiting the amount of data you can download. Quite simply, fiber has so much capacity we don’t see any reason for bandwidth caps. Cable and wireless providers sometimes struggle with capacity. We've all felt it. As more customers connect, connections can slow down. That is not true with fiber. Even worse, they may discourage you from using Netflix and streaming video in general as if they fear you'll drop Cable TV altogether. (Truth is you may not need cable TV if you have fiber Internet.) With Lightspeed, bandwidth is not treated like a scarce resource.
Lightpeed is different. Stream all you want. Download all you want. We encourage it!
Do you require long-term contracts?
No. You can buy service on a month-by-month term if you wish. Long-term contracts are available if you want to lock in promotional pricing and defer installation fees, but we do not use contracts to hold you hostage. Our strategy is to earn your loyalty by offering a product far superior to our competitors.
Do you offer guaranteed service levels?
Yes. Lightspeed is guaranteed to operate 24 x 7 x 365 non-stop with 100% availability. If you ever experience a service outage, you are entitled to service credits.
How else does Lightspeed differ from cable or phone company Internet?
First off, we're about 100 times faster. Frankly, it's not even a comparison. Cable modem & DSL service providers rely on ancient copper wiring. Lightspeed is building a brand new state-of-the-art fiber optic network designed to connect you directly to the Internet backbone at Gigabit speeds. This is called fiber-to-the-home and we're excited to bring it to you. You will love it!
But I was told AT&T U-Verse was installing "fiber" in my neighborhood as well?
If AT&T tells you U-Verse connects your home using fiber, it is very unlikely. We've never seen a U-Verse connection that doesn't use DSL. DSL is copper. (ie, not fiber.) AT&T might use fiber in their network backbone but not likely to connect your home. Even if they do have fiber, last time we we checked, the maximum speed they offer for your Internet was only 30 Megabits. That is about 30 to 40 times slower than our Gig.
We love Michigan. And we love the Internet. We want to do our part to make living and working in Michigan the best it can be. We were watching with envy as Google rolls out its 1 Gig Internet connections elsewhere until we decided to take the matter into our own hands and bring it to Michigan ourselves.
What is Gigabit?
1 Gigabit (Gig) is about 1,000 Megabits. Put another way, Gig is mind-blowing speed. By contrast, a typical Cable or DSL service is around 10 Megabits (Megs) which is about 100 times slower than LigthSpeed 1 Gig. What's more, Cable and DSL connections often over-subscribe and share bandwidth among neighborhoods or large service areas. This means the speed slows down during busy times when more people connect. Not true with Lightspeed - every connected building receives a minimum dedicated 1 Gig fiber strand. Larger buildings area connected using 10 Gigabit. We designed the network from the ground-up to deliver dedicated bandwidth and long-term designs for 10, 100 Gig and beyond. Bottom line, we will not run out of bits when you need us the most!
When service be installed?
We are prioritizing installation to buildings/neighborhoods based on the level of interest received through our website. If you are interested, please register your address at www.golightpseed.com If your building is already connected, service is usually available within a few days.
What is the status of your construction progress?
We are posting regular updates to our Facebook page, including maps of pilot areas. Like us at www.facebook.com/golightspeed.
What technology do you use?
Gigabit Ethernet. No voodoo, just plug in your router and go. No modem or phone line required.
Lightpseed is a Michigan based company delivering 1 Gig Internet connections to home users.
Is Lightspeed a new company?
Yes, but we've been doing this for a long time. Lightspeed was formed by some of the founders and employees of Arialink upon its sale to Zayo Group in May of 2012. Arialink was the largest fiber optic service provider for businesses and government users in Mid-Michigan. Lightspeed is acquiring most of the former Arialink subscribers and all of the assets of Arialink Connected Communities. Lightspeed's founders built Michigan's largest independent Metro Ethernet network, with over 900 miles of fiber deployed in Ann Arbor, Lansing and parts of West Michigan. We plan to leverage this expertise and reach to revolutionize home Internet service.
Is all fiber created equal?
No. There are 2 major issues to consider. First is whether companies connect your home directly to fiber or are they simply using fiber elsewhere in their backbone. Lightspeed brings the fiber directly to your home, for the fastest, most dependable and "future proof" network connection available.
The second issue is whether the connection is a “passive” or “active” fiber. Passive networking is popular when providers are limited with the amount of fiber in their network. In passive networks, up to 128 homes share a single fiber. For this reason, it is a low cost interim technology used to help convert older networks into fiber-to-the-home. It is a good first step, but this sharing makes for a slower and less secure connection versus active. Because Lightspeed is building a brand new network, we are not subject to the limitations of passive connections. Our connections utilize active fibers running at dedicated 1 or 10 Gig speeds to each and every customer.
Is Lightspeed a Michigan based company?
Yes. Lightspeed was formed in 2014 by a group of Michigan based entrepreneurs. Our co-founders are telecom industry executives who have set out to revolutionize the way we use the Internet.
I live in an apartment building served by Arialink or Spectrum Broadband, does that mean I have Gig service now?
Maybe. Spectrum provides 20 Meg DSL and 100 Meg Ethernet services to several apartment communities previously served by Arialink in Mid Michigan. All of these buildings are planned for upgrade to Gig services but not all are allowing us access. We are trying to receive approvals from your building owner to upgrade to Gigabit service. If you want to make a difference, contact your property manager or building owner and tell them you want Lightspeed! As we receive the necessary approvals, we are communicating to all existing customers and properties to inform them as Gig becomes available.
I'm a prior Arialink or Spectrum customer using DSL or Ethernet service. Am I required to upgrade to Gig or is it optional?
At this time, Gig service is offered at the same price as DSL and is required. If you are contacted to complete the upgrade, the only change will be your speed.
How much does it cost?
For a limited time pricing in pilot areas is only $49 per month. Long term pricing has not yet been set, but expected to be competitive with all current service providers.
Do you offer Cable TV service?
No. But we do offer Dish Network packages in certain multi-family apartment buildings. Dish Network offers excellent all-digital programming at the lowest price on the market. Paired with Lightspeed, you can enjoy unlimited programming from broadband sources as well as Internet streaming sources such as Amazon Prime, Netflix and many others.
Where can I find details about Muskegon Wireless serivce?
All wireless Internet service in West Michigan is now managed by Stratos Networks, LLC. For more information visit www.stratospeed.com
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