Ting has announced that the company has begun it’s previously announced gigabit fiber network build in Holly Springs, North Carolina — and that the first customers should be online before the end of the year. In late 2014 MNVO Tucows’ Ting made a surprise announcement that it too would be jumping into the gigabit broadband game, buying a small Charlottesville, Virginia ISP called Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI). The goal, Ting proclaimed at the time, was to bring “shockingly human experience and fair, honest pricing” to the fixed-line residential broadband market.
Ting has since announced plans to offer service over Westminster, Maryland‘s fiber network, as well as a planned launch in Holly Springs, North Carolina and Sandpoint, Dover, Ponderay and Kootenai, Idaho.
The company’s focus has primarily been on smaller towns that have easily fallen through the broadband cracks.
In a Ting announcement, the company states that Holly Glen will be the first Holly Springs neighborhood to be connected when construction begins in August. Like other such fiber initiatives, neighborhood selection was determined by which neighborhoods indicated the most interest by pre-registering over at the Ting website.
“As indicated in the map, Phase 2 of our fiber network roll-out will begin in October, then we ll enter the next phase in November,” says the company. “We expect to be connecting homes to the network by the end of 2016.”
Ting says they’re offering locals two pricing options: symmetrical gigabit service for $89 a month, or 5 Mbps service for $15 a month. Business-class service will be $139 a month.