Super high-speed broadband doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. That’s the aim of Common Networks, an upstart using 5G to offer wireless broadband to homes in the San Francisco Bay area. The company, which launched its service three years ago, is now offering a new tier of service starting Wednesday that delivers 300 megabits per second downloads for just $49 a month. This is a big savings compared to cable giant Comcast, which offers similar speeds at higher prices, in the same market as Common Networks. Comcast offers 250 Mbps for $69.99 or 400 Mbps for $84.99 as part of its introductory offer for the first 12 months of service. Ronald Mooney, who has been testing the new tier of service since January, said he couldn’t be happier with the performance and the price. Mooney, who lives with his wife, 21-year old son and 17-year old daughter, said he’s done speed tests that consistently get the advertised speeds of 300 Mbps. The Mooney’s live in an apartment in downtown Alameda, Calif. above their home goods store, Daisy’s. Mooney uses his broadband connection to run the store’s point-of-sale system, and he said even when his son is playing online games and others in the household are streaming videos upstairs, the connection works without a hitch. “When your business relies on your internet connection, you can’t afford to have issues,” Mooney said. “And I can tell you, since using this service, the internet is the last thing I worry… [Read full story]
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