Detroit’s New Fiber-Optic Internet Will Provide City With Speeds “100 Times Faster” Than Current Standards


Downtown Detroit is getting set to join the 21st Century thanks to a brand new fiber-optic Internet provider from Quicken Loans Inc and Rock Ventures LLC founder Dan Gilbert. Gilbert announced that a recently-created investment initiative, Rocket Fiber LLC, will be the one to bring high-speed Internet to the residents and business of Motown.

Rocket Fiber is based in Detroit, and will supply the downtown area of the city with speeds “up to 100 times faster than the current residential average,” in what Rock Ventures is calling a “game-changing” initiative. Rock Ventures CEO Matt Cullen also called the new network “the generational leap forward” that is “leapfrogging” the city’s current standards of Internet speeds. While the initial target for this fiber-optic upgrade is the heart of Detroit, Rock Ventures hopes to expand the program to the suburbs and outer neighborhoods as well.

Currently the new upgrades will only affect a select section of the city, as detailed by Crains Detroit:

The network originates west of downtown Detroit, and the initial scope covers the central business district from M-10 to the west, I-75 to the north, I-375 to the east, and the Detroit River to the south.

Wiring of the new installation will be the done with hard-wired fiber-optic lines directly to buildings; anyone wanting to connect to the new high-speed network will connect from their home or business through eithernet or Wi-Fi.

  Source: Crains Detroit
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