The other day I was in the hallway outside of our firm’s office, standing at the top of a stepladder, stringing some fiber optic cable through the drop ceiling. A passer-by (a nice fellow from Redpoint Global, a software house next door to our office) saw the fiber optic cable that was being installed, and asked (he sounded envious) if we were getting gigabit ethernet. I had to disappoint him — we were merely running fiber from one part of our office to another, not to the Internet.
But it got me thinking. What does it cost these days to get a gigabit connection to the Internet? I was astonished to learn that it costs less these days than it used to cost. For $110 per month, I now have gigabit internet in my home. I’ll describe the process and the results. Continue reading