With the goal of retaining and attracting new businesses, the city of Hudson, Ohio, has launched a city-owned, high-speed broadband service, making it one of the first in the state to become a “gigabit” city.
Marketed under the name Velocity Broadband, the new city-owned entity began laying its all fiber-optic cable network this month. It will provide businesses with up to a “gigabit” of speed. A Gigabit (Gb) equals 1,000 megabits of data transferred per second, delivering the fastest speeds available in Hudson today.
“When companies did not respond to our inquiries about high-speed internet to support our growing business base, we decided to do it ourselves,” said city manager Jane Howington. “We want to support global growth opportunities for companies that are here or want to come to Hudson. High speed Internet is vital to their operations and these businesses are vital to our City’s economic growth – it’s a win-win proposition.”
The city’s new high-seed Internet uses fiber optic cable, which is faster than traditional copper cable—offering performance that is also more reliable. As a result, Hudson’s businesses will be able to connect, download and communicate faster without interruption, helping to save costly downtime and operate more efficiently. Soon, residents will also be connected to the service, allowing them to download movies and games much faster from their homes.