Slice of downtown St. Louis gets first taste of gigabit Internet

Photo courtesy of Tim Hamilton/Flickr
Photo courtesy of Tim Hamilton/Flickr

Occupants of a handful of downtown St. Louis buildings have had a chance in recent weeks to sign up for broadband Internet service 16 times faster than the standard cable offering. It’s a service that Arch Fiber Networks, the company providing the connection, says could be a major economic boon to the area.

The gigabit-speed service provided by Arch Fiber is about the same as what’s offered by Google Fiber in Kansas City.

It’s made possible by fiber laid more than a decade ago by American FiberCom. The company has since leased that “dark,” or unused, fiber to telecom companies. Now, Arch Fiber, an American Fibercom Subsidiary, is teaming with Internet service provider Elite Systems to deliver high-speed broadband to two residential buildings and the downtown T-Rex building, which is home to more than 100 technology startups.

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