WESTMINSTER, Md., June 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The City of Westminster joins the ranks of cities with the fastest Internet access in the world today with a little help from Ting.
As access to the Internet and all the innovation and development that happens online becomes an increasing part of the national agenda, Ting and Westminster are demonstrating that the solution is local.
In this groundbreaking public/private partnership, the City of Westminster owns the main fiber network infrastructure where Ting, as a partner and exclusive service provider for a period of two years, lights it up and gets homes and businesses connected with crazy fast gigabit fiber Internet.
Gigabit Internet service refers to data uploads and downloads of up to a gigabit (or 1,000 megabits) per second. To put that in context, everyone in a gigabit household can be streaming video, gaming, video conferencing and browsing the Internet at the same time without getting in each other's way. Gigabit fiber Internet access facilitates healthcare, fosters education and brings economic development.
"Our long term plan is to bring fiber to every home and business in the City. This project enables us to deliver a wide range of broadband services beyond simple Internet access, attracting even more businesses and residents to our City," said Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz.
"We're happy to team up with towns and cities that get it," said Elliot Noss, CEO of Ting and its parent company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) (TSX:TC). "Gigabit fiber is the next generation of Internet access and it will power the next generation of ideas."
Ting disrupted the mobile industry with its launch in 2012 offering shockingly fair pricing, usable interfaces and no-hold, no-transfer, live customer support.
"If there's one industry that needs Ting perhaps even more than mobile, it's cable and Internet access," said Noss. "For too long, people and businesses have had no choice, or at best the illusion of choice, as to who provides them with access. They have been held hostage by contracts and forced under bandwidth caps. We are changing that."
Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over fourteen million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows' corporate website (http://tucows.com).