Cox is planning to become the first major residential cable operator to offer gigabit internet service. The third-place provider (behind Comcast and Time Warner Cable) announced this week that it will start to bring gigabit service to its first residential locations by the fourth quarter of this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The very first buildings to get the super high-speed internet service will be select new construction projects in Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Omaha, Nebraska. Unfortunately, expansion of gigabit service to all of Cox's regions isn't even set to begin until 2016, but a select few should be enjoying a wide pipe to the internet by the end of this year. If the company keeps to its plans, some day all of its customers will have access to the service, which it tells The Wall Street Journal will be "competitively priced." If you're not in one of the first regions to get higher speeds, Cox does say that it will be doubling the speeds of its current 25 and 50mbps internet service for all of its customers this year. Cox has roughly 6 million customers, mostly in the south.