Home Internet In Las Vegas Is About To Get Much Cheaper, Faster
At first there was dial-up internet. Then cable internet took over. It was fast (for the time), relatively inexpensive and constant connection. But as the years have gone on, the price for home internet has skyrocketed. Las Vegas has seen the worst of it, with much of the city covered by just one company. You “cut the cord” to save cash, but the streaming services you replaced them with are running into the data cap that was added a while back. If only there was more competition and a cheaper solution?
Enter Google Fiber, Bringing Cheaper (And Faster) Internet To Las Vegas
When Google Fiber launched in back in 2011, they brought something unheard of to Kansas City: fast, cheap internet. For $70 a month, you would get 1 gig internet both downstream (for you Netflix watchers) and upstream (for content creators). At the time, the whole industry was pretty slow, but Google entering the arena made the business take notice. At least, where they appeared.
Google Fiber is now in select markets and after teasing that they would come to the valley, they have dropped a date. The internet service provider expects to be in “Metro Las Vegas” (you have hope, North Las Vegas and Henderson) by mid-2025. They are taking an interest list right now. Like CenturyLink’s fiber internet, Cox Fiber and AT&T Fiber’s rollouts before it, expect the product to be available in small swaths of the valley to start.
Why Google Fiber Coming To Las Vegas Is Good News For Everybody
There’s nothing wrong with a little competition. In Cranston, Rhode Island, for instance, Cox has a major competitor in the city. There you can receive Cox 500 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload internet for $59.99 a month. No special, no contract.
Why? Because Verizon FiOS is selling symmetrical fiber internet (500 Mbps download and upload) in the same neighborhood for $69.99 a month.
Here in Las Vegas, the same Cox 500 Mbps plan (with 50 Mbps upload) costs a staggering $90 a month. The difference is a lack of competition. The more companies that can provide you a service and compete, the lower the prices are bound to get.
Google Fiber’s $70 a month for 1 gig plan they initially launched with in 2011 remains at $70 today – with no data cap. With Google Fiber entering the market, a serious price competitor is coming. Which is good news for all of our wallets, and has the old guard “streaming” mad.