Generally speaking, if you want really fast internet, your best bet has been 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). There have been a handful of places, like Chattanooga, Tennessee, with faster internet. But for the most part, you’re out of luck. This is no longer the case. Frontiera national Internet service provider (ISP), now offers 2 Gbit/s broadband to all its fiber customers.
While Frontier is best known for its rural DSL Internet service, the company has expanded its fiber network. Frontier 2 Gbps Service will be available to approximately 4 million customers in 19 states as part of its launch. This 2 Gbps service is symmetrical; that means you’ll get 2Gbps speeds both up and down.
So what kind of speed does that give you in the real world? Well, you can download Fortnite, which comes in at 10GB, in about two minutes. Or you download a Game of Thrones Blu-ray episode in 90 seconds. Or, in my case, I can download the Linux kernel from Linus in less time than it takes to read this sentence.
Don’t you think you need that kind of speed? Think again. Frontier claims that even an average home they serve now has 17 connected devices, which has more than doubled over the past few years. With more and more people working from home, we need all the broadband we can get.
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Frontier isn’t alone in offering multi-Gbps speeds. AT&T, Google fiber, Verizon Fios, Xfinityand Ziply fiber also offer this level of performance, but none of them offer it across their entire network like Frontier.
“The past two years have fundamentally changed the way we use the Internet and what customers expect from their connectivity partner,” said John Harrobin, Frontier’s executive vice president for consumers. “Powered by thousands of miles of fiber, we’re stepping up our game to bring unmatched 2 gigabyte speeds to our entire fiber footprint and change the way customers experience the internet at home.”
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This new 2 Gbps offering also comes with Frontier’s Total Wi-Fi Guarantee. That means Frontier’s 2Gbps router supports today’s fastest Wi-Fi standard: Wi-Fi 6e. With this technology, you will get an honest 1 Gbps wireless connection to your devices.
The service also includes unlimited data, voice line, technical support and free multi-device security. There are also no activation fees or contractual requirements. This service will cost $150 per month for 2 Gbps. Other speeds, 1 Gbps and 500 Megabit per second (Mbps), are available at lower prices.
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Some of you may be thinking, “Frontier? Aren’t they second-rate ISPs?” Yes, not too long ago Frontier was a struggling ISP. For years, Frontier was known for its overpromising and underdelivered internet services. This led to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2020.
Frontier Chairman and CEO Nick Jeffery has joined Frontier after years as CEO of Vodafone UK to turn the company around. Frontier emerged from bankruptcy in May 2021 with Jeffrey in the lead and promising to double his investment in fiber. It is the company that keeps this promise.
For that speed and price, I’d give them another shot