As the competition for streaming services heats up, consumers should also consider if their internet provider is up to speed. After a quick fiber network deployment, Ting’s fiber internet is now up and running in Culver City.
Ting officials said their company was designed for today’s demands, while keeping an eye on the future.
“We are thrilled to light up our Ting network here in Culver City,” Jennifer Lasky, Marketing Manager, Ting Internet, said. “We know first-hand the benefits that reliable internet can bring to a community. Ting is the first fiber option in Culver City and this infrastructure will be a vital advancement for the community.”
Laskey said that as part of Ting’s launch the company will introduce “a community program designed to combat the logical digital divide.”
This program was developed in partnership with the Culver City municipal team and will provide free internet access to affordable housing units across 17 properties in the city.
“We fundamentally believe that the internet should be accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstance,” Monica Webb, Head of Market Development, Ting Internet, said. “This is exactly why we include a digital divide program in every community we work in. While we’re thrilled to be announcing our presence in Culver City, we are equally delighted to announce that we are working with the city to provide just over 300 affordable housing units with Ting Internet, at no cost to them.”
Ting Internet is a division of Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX, TSX: TC). Ting’s mission is “to bring the speed and reliability of true gigabit fiber-optic internet, opening new opportunities for communities across the United States, company officials said.
Launched in 2015 in Charlottesville, Va., Ting Internet has since brought fiber across numerous towns and cities in North Carolina, Idaho, California, Maryland and Colorado.
There are currently four markets across California with access to Ting Internet: Culver City, Encinitas, Fullerton and Solana Beach.
With local internet service drawing heat for a variety of concerns from some residents, Culver City officials searched for a competitive alternative.
“The City issued an RFP (request for proposal) for Network Operations in 2019, and Ting responded,” said Monica Webb, Head of Market Development, Ting Internet. “Culver City understood the importance of universal fiber infrastructure for residents and businesses — even before the pandemic — and was very proactive in bringing providers to the city.”
Culver officials said previously that Ting offered the kind of internet service that was progressive and innovative in its planning.
“We are pleased to welcome Ting to the community and we are excited that residents and businesses will have more choice in ‘fiber-to-the-home,’ high-speed Internet service providers, especially during these challenging times and into the future, as many of us continue to fully or partly work from home,” councilmember Göran Eriksson, who was mayor at the time, said.
Ting will continue to expand its serviceable neighborhoods in Culver City throughout the rest of 2021.
“We’re proud and excited to welcome Culver City,” Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows said. “The people of Culver City, like people all over the United States, want faster, more reliable Internet.”
Officials said Ting Internet is committed to being a part of improving the communities it serves by supporting and championing local good works,” officials said.
“Ting Internet sponsors local programs, events, foundations, festivals, charities, and public services everywhere we go, investing in the future of the towns we serve.”
Locals can now visit ting.com/culvercity to get more information and search their address to either order or pre-order Ting Internet.
Pricing for Ting’s symmetrical gigabit fiber internet starts at $89 per month for home internet service and $139 per month for business gigabit internet. Enterprise internet service levels, installations and pricing are customized to business needs and can be discussed with the Ting Internet Enterprise team.
“Traditional cable internet transmits data via a copper wiring infrastructure, which is prone to corrosion and is typically installed as a shared service with neighbors,” explained a statement from Ting Internet. “This inherently makes your internet subject to slower service and network interruptions — especially during peak-use periods or when your neighbors are heavy internet users.”
Fiber internet networks, in contrast, are installed directly to the home with a dedicated line. This guarantees higher speeds, service reliability and bandwidth capabilities.
For more information on Ting Internet, its services and pricing, or to find regular updates, visit ting.com/internet.