Comporium, a Rock Hill-based telecommunications company, said Wednesday it has completed the expansion of its super-swift gigabit broadband service into the Midlands and is ready for business.
Access to the fiber technology is available for up to 8,800 customers, including 1,200 businesses and 7,600 residences, primarily in Lexington and surrounding communities near Lake Murray and in Chapin. The service connects customers to Comporium’s ultra high-speed Internet network.
Businesses such as high-tech companies and information technology firms that need to move vast amounts of data will be among the biggest benefactors of the new gigabit service availability, Comporium said Wednesday. But the ultra high-speed service also facilitates “lightning-fast” movie downloads and “rich” online games.
Gigabit broadband Internet access provides 1,000 megabytes per second, which is 100 times faster than the national average residential Internet speed commonly available, said Matthew Dosch, Comporium’s executive vice president for customer operations and external affairs.
The vision for the gigibit service, which the company calls Zipstream, is for it to be a catalyst for local economic development, Dosch said. “We came first to Rock Hill, and lit it with gigabit Internet service in June 2014, and that was the first community in the greater Charlotte market in both Carolinas to have gigabit Internet service,” Dosch said.
During the past 18 months, the company has rolled out the service to all of its residential and commercial fiber optics customers in the Upstate.
In Lancaster and York counties, Comporium’s technology has been installed in 17,000 homes built since 2004. In Lexington, the service has been retroactively made available to Comporium’s existing voice, wireless, data and other customers, Dosch said, for $99 a month for residences and $299 a month for businesses.
“This new offering of gigabit broadband sets us apart from many of the communities in the state and nation,” said Randy Halfacre, outgoing president of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, who attended Wednesday’s service rollout in Lexington. “I feel that we are getting a leg up in creating a knowledge economy that helps our existing businesses and positions us to attract innovative, technology-centered prospects.”
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