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What can gigabit Internet do for your city?

Ting Internet has been proudly sponsoring Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Founders Festival since we first arrived in town. This year, our CEO Elliot Noss, was invited to speak on a panel discussing what fiber Internet can do for a city. Joining him is Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, the city to watch for how the best Internet access improves cities; Sheila Dugan of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University and Aimee Meacham of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The panel discussion was moderated by Deb Socia of Next Century Cities.

It’s a lively discussion that covers everything from public/private partnerships to over-the-air Internet.

Apologies for the audio quality. This panel discussion took place in a room where a loud air conditioner was competing for everyone’s attention. We eliminated the noise as much as we could.

This was not our first time speaking with Deb Socia. Check out our interview with her from two years ago at the fiber lighting ceremony in Westminster, MD.

Comparing Internet speeds around the globe

Comparing Internet speeds

Internet speeds around the globe

Need super-fast Internet to download those gigabytes of puppy pictures you’ve been waiting for? Assuming you’re not in a Ting Internet town, you might want to take a trip to South Korea where the Internet’s fastest. At least, that’s what the latest edition of Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet briefing says. This report was recently released for Q2 2016; Akamai measures the average Internet speeds in countries around the world every 3 months.

How does the Internet in your neck of the woods stack up? Just keep reading.

Ting Internet. Next stop: Centennial, Colorado

Centennial, Colorado has the greatest the great outdoors has to offer right at its doorstep. It boasts beautiful views of the Front Range and with those mountains, amazing skiing and snowboarding nearby. That said, this is no quiet mountain town.

Centennial is all about business. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. The City itself is quick and efficient.

We, as humans, are excited about the possibilities presented by the beauty that’s all around Centennial. We, as a business that mirrors the same values of agility and efficiency, are excited about the mutual opportunity that’s here.

Ting pricing promise

This blog post partly comes out of internal conversations we have all the time here about pricing and promotions on both the Ting mobile service and the Ting Internet service. But to be honest, it mostly comes out of a phone call I had with my cable company last week. On behalf of Ting (without actually running it by everybody first), I vow that we will never do any of the following:

The bait and switch

Screenshot 2016-07-26 11.59.30This is where you promote a big, bold monthly rate with a really subtle message that it goes up after twelve months and then again after twenty-four months. Oh, here’s a great example. Click “Pricing & Other Info.” on any of those packages on that page (also shown at right).

A trial period is cool. I suppose some sort of clearly communicated timed pricing tiers could even be something that people would choose willingly. But ask a bunch of folks on this plan what their pricing will go up to at twenty-four months. I don’t think anybody knows. (I definitely did not. This was the subject of my call with the cable company last week.)

Competing with this tactic sucks for us. We will always hear, “Hey, your price is higher!” And then we have to explain, “No it isn’t because that’s our real price a year from now. Click that small link…” But doing it sucks worse. So we will not.

Holly Springs, meet City Manager, Todd Rubin

Ting Guy


Meet Ting’s new City Manager for Holly Springs, Todd Rubin.

He wants to be known around town as the “Ting Guy.” So as the face of Ting, he’ll be attending community events and he’ll be sparking conversations about high-speed fiber Internet. He’ll be the one to talk to if you’re curious about the work Ting is doing here in Holly Springs. He’ll also be liaising with local government, utilities and other representatives so things continue to run smoothly with the network roll-out.

He certainly has his work cut out for him as fiber network construction has begun and pre-orders continue to flow in. But we feel Todd’s got what it takes to be an outstanding ambassador for the Ting brand — as well as for the town of Holly Springs — since he’s passionate about both.

Fiber network construction begins here in Holly Springs

The pre-orders keep flowing in and the votes (AKA pre-orders) have been tallied. The first neighborhood to get Ting’s crazy fast fiber Internet will be (drumroll please)…

Beautiful Holly Glen

Beautiful Holly Glen will be the first Holly Springs neighborhood where we’ll begin installing fiber. Construction will begin in August. Our initial roll-out plans cover a larger area than just Holly Glen: surrounding neighborhoods including Holly Pointe and Braxton Village. And we’re just getting started!

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