If you’re like a lot of people in Washington state, you might find yourself bewildered when searching for Seattle internet services. The Puget Sound internet market is dominated by COMCAST and Centurylink. These two internet providers have both struggled to deploy gigabit service. Recently Comcast capped their residential services at 1 TB monthly. This didn’t make very many people happy.

COMCAST monthly bandwidth caps are on the heels of an announcement that COMCAST will now offer gigabit Seattle internet services to Puget Sound residential customers in 2017. It’s no coincidence that COMCAST placed download limits on their bandwidth services prior to their wide scale launch of gigabit Internet.

Following the bouncing ball of telecommunications is what we do at ZOBOLT. Comcast isn’t the only Internet provider changing the game. CenturyLink announced this week that they will be purchasing Level 3. In a deal worth 34 Billion, Level 3 communications is a Colorado based IP backhaul company.

CenturyLink has stated they are committed to gigabit service in Puget Sound. Actions speak louder than words, as Century links focus is definitively business consumption. Seventy percent of CenturyLink revenue comes from business customers. Level 3 is not a residential internet provider.

Century links procurement of Level 3 might just help business customers and residential customers in Puget Sound. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets, spanning three continents and more than 60 countries. Level 3’s presence in the area includes a massive fiber optic backhaul network and data centers around Puget Sound.

Providing much of the internet services to smaller telephone and ISP’s, Level 3 is a major IP backhaul company. Learn about Level 3’s local Seattle data center. With the purchase of Level 3, CenturyLink will be positioned to offer more fiber-to-the-premise FTTP for businesses and residential users.

Announced in October 2016, CenturyLink stated that they will be extending their FTTP services to businesses located in Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Colorado Springs and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

In other local Seattle Internet news, this week protesters from Upgrade Seattle staged a slow walk. Protesters were protesting slow Internet speeds, poor customer service and improper business practices. The protester marched very slowly in the rain to act out slow Internet speeds. The March started at COMCAST downtown office and ended at Seattle City Hall. The Upgrade Seattle group is demanding a municipal operated broadband network for the people by the people.

 

About Author: I am a communications systems specialist and Army veteran. My experience includes, switching systems, and consulting. I’m certified on class 5 switching elements and Cisco, Extreme routing network equipment. I’ve worked as a network engineer for over 20 years.

 

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