At Monday evening's City Council Meeting, Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike and representatives from Cox Communications declared Bellevue to be a “Gigabit City,” announcing that 100% homes in the Bellevue community have access to 1 gigabit broadband internet speeds. Cox Communications customers can utilize this powerful connection, equal to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps), to download 100 songs within 3 seconds, 1,000 photos in 16 seconds and a 2-hour movie in 8 seconds.
“Our Gigablast service meets the needs of today’s internet users, who increasingly have multiple internet-dependent devices in their homes and desire faster speeds for entertainment, communication, safety and a range of other purposes,” said Calli Hite, Cox Communications’ senior manager of public affairs. “Cox Communications’ sizeable network investments, including a $100 million investment that began in 2018, help us stay significantly ahead of demand and enable smart homes, smart businesses and smart cities – all of which depend on reliable fast internet service.”
“We are excited that Cox Communications has made this investment in our community,” said Mayor Hike. “Faster internet connectivity speeds are important to Bellevue residents who have multiple devices in their homes. This Gigablast service will not only enhance our citizens’ communication and entertainment needs but it is also helpful as we work to attract business and talent to our city.”
“Bellevue has a diverse workforce and proximity to the Military Base lends itself to the need for speed in the workplace and attraction of varied support services to surround one of our many important assets,” said Duane Safarik, president and CEO of the Greater Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have needs that will be satisfied by this service in order to shine brightly to both our existing and new entities to enhance their business models and be competitive in their future development.”
With the average home expected to have more than 50 internet-connected devices by 2020, Cox prepared for its customers’ growing demands by rapidly expanding residential gigabit speeds. Cox has delivered a wide range of broadband speeds to customers for years, including speeds for business customers that have well surpassed 1 gig for more than 12 years.
Gigablast from Cox delivers more speed, a powerful home network and rich broadband-enabled services to customers through a Panoramic WiFi gateway modem offering wall-to-wall WiFi coverage throughout the home. Gig internet speeds allow users to:
• Run all internet-enabled devices at the same time
• Stream 10 Ultra HD videos while surfing the web and checking email
• Download the entire iTunes library (in HD) in 1 month – and then watch it for the next 15 years
Additionally, Cox is making significant upgrades to its infrastructure in Bellevue and across the greater Omaha metro as part of the company’s commitment to invest $10B in its network over the next five years.