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What gigabit fiber means for Westminster

Recently, the City of Westminster hosted a fiber lighting ceremony to celebrate the official launch of its own gigabit fiber network. As the exclusive provider for the first phase of the network rollout, Ting helped out with the hosting.

At the event, we had a chance to talk to some of the key players at the local and national level. People are watching this public / private partnership and we’ve already heard of similar initiatives being referred to as “the Westminster model.”

We already recapped the ceremony itself in a previous post.

This video takes a deeper look at what crazy fast fiber Internet means to key decision makers. We got the chance to speak to and interview, Dr. Robert Wack, City Council President of the City of Westminster, Gigi Sohn, Councillor to the Chairman of the FCC, James Baller of Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, PC and Deb Socia of Next Century Cities.

 

We came, we saw, we lit some fiber

On June 26, with Gigi Sohn of the FCC in attendance, we helped Westminster, MD light up its very own gigabit fiber network. As the exclusive provider for the first phase, we’ll be offering Ting crazy fast fiber Internet and sharing our simple, honest approach to customer service, powerful online tools, no contract and no caps for area homes and businesses.

This is the second Ting town to come online and our first of this sort of innovative (if we do say so ourselves) public/private partnership.

It’s clear that politicians and policy makers are watching the Ting and Westminster, MD partnership with great interest. We’ll do Westminster proud.

Press release (PDF)

Westminster: Let’s roll out

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Hello Westminster!

Thank you for your interest in fiber Internet access from Ting. Here’s an update on our progress.

Construction

We are excited to announce that the fiber network is almost complete! The city’s contractors have almost finished construction and we are working on the final touches, which mostly involves installing the necessary electronics to light the network. We celebrated the lighting of our city’s network on June 26 at a special fiber lighting ceremony with the city and will turn up service over the summer. The initial service areas will be:

• Carroll County Air Business Center
• Carroll Commerce Center
• West Branch Trade Center
• Westminster Technology Park
• Carroll Lutheran Village
• Fairway Drive and adjoining streets

Access agreements – last call (for now)

If you’re in one of these areas and are interested in bringing fiber to your premises, you need to sign a city access agreement (unless you live in Carroll Lutheran Village, where an agreement is not necessary). The City is wrapping up the first round of home and businesses passes, so sign up to make sure you don’t have to wait for the next round. You can find the residential form here and the business form here. Once you’ve signed the agreement, please return it to accessagreement@ting.com.

Please note there is no charge to bring fiber to your premises. Once you’ve done that and Ting Internet has launched in Westminster, you’ll be able to sign up for one of our service packages. Then, when we turn on your service, you’ll live happily ever after with crazy fast gigabit Internet!

Pricing

Our residential pricing provides two simple choices – outstanding speed at a reasonable price or reasonable speed at an outstanding price. Both come with unlimited monthly data usage.

Our business pricing is affordable, powerful and also comes with unlimited data usage.

Sign up now!

If you have signed an access agreement and live in one of the initial service areas, you can sign up for service now! Visit http://www.ting.com/westminster (or scroll to the top of this page), enter your address, select your package and a Ting team member will be in touch with more details about scheduling an installation appointment.

Next phases

For those of you who do not live or work within this phase thinking, “what about me?” don’t worry – we are working with the city now to determine which neighborhoods within Westminster will be next to join the network. We are hoping the next phase of construction will begin later this year, and reach a significant portion of the city! Continue to keep an eye on this blog for continued updates regarding our progress.

Ting and Westminster get lit

UPDATE: The live event is over and the fiber is lit! We’ve updated this blog post with an archived video of the live stream.

Ting Internet and the municipal fiber network are about to go live in Westminster. Watch the video stream from our friends at Channel 23 and the Carroll County Community Media Center as the City of Westminster gets the gig!

Hi Westminster. Let’s get lit.

On June 26 starting at 3pm ET and with much fanfare, Ting and the City of Westminster, MD will light up the previously dark fiber network. A contingent of the Ting team will be on site saying hi, speaking, documenting and presenting. It’s a big deal for Westminster and for Ting.

Technology gods willing, we’ll have a live feed of the proceedings here on the local Westminster blog and the main Ting blog.

Very soon, citizens of Westminster can start signing up to get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting, running atop their publicly-owned fiber network.

We’ll have more sign-up details to offer on the local Ting Westminster page after the fiber lighting ceremony wraps so please stay tuned. The short version, though, is that if you’re interested in Ting crazy fast Internet in Westminster, you first need to sign an access agreement (residential | business). This agreement gives City crews permission to install a fiber drop on the property. Signing this agreement sooner rather than later will put you in good stead to be among the first in your city to get gigabit, the crazy fast Internet we are convinced is required for North America to stay connected and competitive.

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Ting Hangout – Join us this Thursday at noon ET!

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Our next Ting Hangout is happening this Thursday, June 18 at 12:00 pm ET (noon).

Join the Ting team in talking about the latest Ting Internet news, including our recent Charlottesville launch and the upcoming Westminster fiber lighting ceremony. On the mobile side of things, we’ll be discussing the recent addition of GSM phones in the Ting shop and sharing some info on devices set to arrive in the coming weeks. We’re also giving away two Ting smartphones during the stream, along with some swag!

This Hangout is the perfect time to ask us any burning questions you may have, whether mobile or Internet-related. Submit your question below to be entered to win a Moto E (2nd Gen) and BLU Studio 6.0 LTE. Towards the end of the Hangout, we’ll randomly select two questions from the list and these submitters will win a brand new Ting-ready device! Any question that gets answered will also pick up some Ting swag (whether a t-shirt, hat, etc). Winners will be announced during the Hangout and emailed afterwards.

If you’re not able to make the live stream (or if you’re seeing this blog post after the fact), the live stream will be archived in the Ting Hangout YouTube playlist.

See you on Thursday 🙂