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CT newcomer starts connecting broadband customers

BY Joe Cooper

7/5/2018
Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
GoNetspeed working in West Hartford this month.
GoNetspeed says it has begun connecting customers in Connecticut, including the Hartford region, to its fiber-optic broadband network.

The New-York based internet provider, founded by the former Lightower Networks, announced it started providing fiber broadband to 24 markets, including Hartford, West Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.

The fiber-optic network has service tiers that range from 100 megabits-per-second up to 1,000 Mbps -- known as gigabit-speed internet -- for homes and businesses.

Under its lifetime pricing guarantee, customers have no contract obligations and are locked into the initial price of their internet services. Taxes and other fees are not added, officials said.

"Now more than ever, people are in need of high-speed Internet alternatives," GoNetSpeed Founder Frank Chiaino said. "Couple that with the ability to lock in a low price for the life they are a customer, and these value propositions have fueled our momentum as residences break from high-priced cable providers."

GoNetSpeed offers residential plans starting at $50 for 100 Mbps, in addition to options for 500 Mbps and 1 Gbps.

Chiaino previously founded Rochester-based Fibertech Networks, which was later acquired by Massachusetts-based Lightower Networks. Lightower, which has built out a fiber network in Connecticut over the years, was acquired last year by Crown Castle in Texas for $7.1 billion. Perrone also previously worked for Fibertech.