AT&T and Lightcore bring GigaPower to Reno/Sparks  


Something called gigabit Internet is coming to town and all the nerds are high fiving. Northern Nevadans are getting faster Internet. AT&T announced they will bring their AT&T U-Verse with GigaPower service to Reno homes and businesses. Anyone already connected to AT&T U-Verse services should start to receive GigaPower service by the end of 2016.

Fiber-optic Internet is more than 16 times faster than the highest speed currently available to homes in the Reno area, ranging from 100 megabits per second to 10 gigabits per second compared to the current top speed of 60 megabits per second offered to consumers. In addition to break-neck speeds, fiber optics allow more simultaneous use, alleviating slowdowns caused by high traffic.

Computer access for our businesses and the city is critical to the economic vitality of our city as we compete for business and jobs in our area," Mayor Hillary Schieve said in a press release. "Today's announcement is a game changer in delivering our goals to keep Reno moving forward."

In the coming months, Reno-based fiber-optic company Lightcore Group is also building extremely high-speed Internet into new residential developments in downtown Sparks. Those include C Street Lofts in the former Old Silver Club Hotel and The Yard, formerly Bourbon Square Casino.

In both Reno and Sparks, the fiber companies will be funded privately and work with developers to install the network instead of using taxpayer money. Other cities with gigabit-speed Internet have attracted significant investment and experienced growth as a result of the technology. Fiber-connected houses would raise home values and create jobs and businesses to support people moving to Reno. Mayor Schieve and Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, want fiber to bring new technology companies and industries in.

In other words, like the Tesla Effect, gigabit Internet will help improve the perception of Reno and its economy.

Best Regards, Kelly