With Verizon's deployment of fiber to the premises (FTTP) in Boston looming on the horizon (see "Verizon sets first Boston FTTP deployments"), fiber-based business internet services startup Wicked Bandwidth hopes to beat the Tier 1 carrier to market. The company has announced its #BostonBandwidth initiative, a variant on Google Fiber's "fiberhood" strategy, through which Boston businesses who need better connections immediately can indicate online their interest in directing Wicked Bandwidth's FTTP roll out in their direction.
"Crowdsourcing is being used in a variety of ways in business to assess demand and provide cost-effective solutions. We believe that if we ask the business community in Boston where they need bandwidth – they'll tell us," explains Michael Murphy, Wicked Bandwidth co-founder. "When we can zero in on areas of concentrated interest, we can bring in far superior internet service at a much more affordable rate."
The emerging service provider says that directing deployments towards areas of high customer interest will make the roll out more efficient and less expensive, which will enable the company to offer lower rates.
"Part of the reason carriers have to maintain higher rates is they have to cover the costs of their networks that are undersubscribed. We're basically spending our dollars building where we know there is interest and passing along the savings to Wicked Bandwidth business customers," Murphy says.
The company has begun deploying infrastructure, including establishing a point of presence at 1 Summer Street downtown. It offers a variety of service levels, ranging from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps.
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