Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rocket Fiber Promises 10G Residential Internet in Detroit

Rocket Fiber, a Detroit-based optical fiber Internet service provider backed by Quicken Loans, announced plans to provide up to 10 Gbps Internet speeds for residential customers and up to 100G for businesses.

Rocket Fiber beta testing has already begun for residents connected to the service at The Albert and Malcomson Buildings in Detroit's Capitol Park neighborhood. In addition, 19 office buildings have been connected to the Rocket Fiber network including the First National Building and One Kennedy Square. The company said a large number of business and residential customers are scheduled to "go live" in early 2016.

Rocket Fiber has already laid 17 miles of fiber in the city and began activating clients earlier this month in downtown Detroit's Central Business District. The company is expected to expand to Midtown Detroit in 2016 and then continue to grow in other areas of the city and eventually beyond.

"Rocket Fiber's mission is to develop and implement critical technology infrastructure that will contribute to transforming Detroit into one of the most attractive cities for technology and other businesses to locate," says Rocket Fiber Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder Randy Foster. "Ten-gigabit Internet will put Detroit in an elite category in which technology start-ups and growth companies will naturally and quickly emerge inside its borders."

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