Ting Internet will begin serving Alexandria residents

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For years, most Alexandria residents had only one choice for high-speed Internet service: Comcast.

For at least some of these residents, a new option is coming soon.

A company called Tucows will bring its Internet Ting service to Alexandria in the coming months. The company will be able to provide service to “tens of thousands” of locations across the city, according to a report by Fierce Telecom. “The rollout will challenge incumbent cable company Comcast as well as Verizon Fios, which is in the process of upgrading its copper lines in the region to fiber,” the website reported.

Ting Internet is a member of the Affordable Connectivity Program and is committed to working with local affordable housing groups to subsidize fiber internet for low-income residents.

The company began building fiber networks in 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tucows, its parent company, has been building fiber optic networks since 2015 and currently serves 14 Ting cities across the United States. Charlottesville was its first service area, followed by cities in California, Maryland, North Carolina, Idaho and Colorado. Tucows started in Toronto, Canada, and its US headquarters are in Pennsylvania. It also provides domain services and telecommunications software.

Residents can sign up for more information about Ting Internet at internet.ting.com/launch/alexandria.

Last year, city officials inaugurated a new municipal fiber optic communications network to increase internet speed and reliability in city facilities.

“In addition to improving connectivity between facilities and sites across the city, the Municipal Fiber Project will create potential partnership opportunities to expand consumer choice and increase available speeds for broadband services available in Alexandria” , city officials explained last year. “With the construction of the new fiber optic network, the City plans to seek new partners who could lease the excess duct space to provide broadband service to residents and businesses. This would allow all providers to compete fairly and would encourage providers to provide services to consumers.

by the team at Alexandria Living magazine

May 16, 2022

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