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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)

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.

  • This high five was entirely spontaneous and not at all staged.

Bringing gigabit fiber to Charlottesville, VA. It’s happening.

The Internet is a funny thing. You have an idea and a few days later you’re online, open for business and making money.

A terrible oversimplification, of course, but it is, at least, conceivable.

Building the network that gets people online doesn’t happen at quite the same speed. With some great people on the ground and in the the office there, though, it is certainly happening in Charlottesville, VA, and it’s beginning to pick up steam.

In Charlottesville (where this article was started but alas not finished) it’s apparent that a lot of work goes into bringing next generation Internet to a community. This and more I saw first-hand on a recent trip to one of the first Ting gigabit Internet towns.

While in Cville for the Tom Tom Founders Festival, I accompanied the installation crew on a couple of outings.