Oklahoma City Becomes a “Gigabit City”
This post is sponsored by Cox Communications.
It’s official. Oklahoma City is now a “Gigabit City.”
What does that mean, exactly?
Well, it means that “homes throughout the metropolitan area 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.”
Last week, I attended the big “gig” announcement at a press event at The Greater OKC Chamber with Mayor David Holt and Cox Communications’ vice president of public affairs Kristin Peck, who were more than thrilled to share what this “Gigabit City” news means for the Oklahoma City metro.
“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 Kristin Peck. “Cox Communications’ sizeable network investments, including a $10 billion network infrastructure investment, 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.”
As a mother of two children and a blogger who works from home, it’s a no-brainer why faster internet speeds at my residence are important to me. Not every family may be as connected as I am at home, but what I quickly learned from Cox is that most families are actually more connected than I even realized.
“With the average home expected to have more than 50 internet-connected devices by 2020, Cox is 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.”
50 devices? No way. But wait, maybe?
Let’s try this: close your eyes and start listing out all of the wifi-connected devices in your home. It could be your appliances (even that Instant Pot on the counter), speakers, tuners, televisions, laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, game consoles, home security cameras….is it adding up to more than you realized?
And when you considered those of us with a family at home, that number multiplies even more. No wonder we need more speed!
Our new Gig City is also an important step to growth for Oklahoma City.
“Gigabit speeds are important for Oklahoma City because they support our residents, help us attract new ones and make OKC a great place to live and work,” said Mayor David Holt. “Today’s announcement that Oklahoma City is officially a ‘Gig City’ means we are among the first municipalities in the country to have gigabit speeds available to all citizens, putting us in the same category as cities such as Las Vegas and San Diego. We are One OKC, and this announcement proves that we are committed to ensuring a better life for all of our citizens, not just a select few.”
MORE ABOUT GIGABLAST
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.
And with this AMAZING news, it’s now time to get back to work. But first, let me leave with you this amazing quote from Cox Communications.
“Our research shows that while people are more connected than they have ever been before, they feel more disconnected than ever. We believe we can help with this. Every moment our customers use our products is an opportunity to have a moment of real human connection. The investments we make in our technology are meant to enable those connections. To bring us closer. It’s what we stand for.”