County’s first ‘fiber-service’ coming to Bremerton

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The county’s first large-scale fiber-optic Internet service is coming to Bremerton. 

Or, as you can see from the map above, pockets of it. CenturyLink recently informed city officials of a summer project to extend fiber-optic lines throughout many areas of West Bremerton and Manette.

While fiber-optic cable forms the backbone, or “trunk” lines of Kitsap County’s high-speed network, it’s not been delivered to neighborhoods in Kitsap before, according to Paul Avis, Superintendent of Telecom for the Kitsap Public Utilities District. Avis applauded their efforts as an improvement for the city’s residents.

“From the PUD’s standpoint, it’s outstanding,” he said.

Many other companies, including CenturyLink and Comcast, have been operating on copper cable or telephone lines. The result can be slower service. CenturyLink has been mailing postcards to some city residents boasting of speeds of up to one gigabyte fiber Internet service.

In terms of delivery, Avis uses a water utility analogy. A two-inch water pipe and a 10-inch water pipe will have the same pressure. But once multiple users begin to consume, 10 inches goes a lot further than two.

Of the improvements, a company spokeswoman would only tell me this: “CenturyLink is working on plans to extend  fiber services to thousands of homes in the Bremerton area. We hope to make those services available to customers at the end of 2016.” No word yet on what that home service will cost. I’ll keep you posted as I find out more. 

8 thoughts on “County’s first ‘fiber-service’ coming to Bremerton

  1. Bremerton tax payers do NOT need another tax! Let the FAST FERRY RIDERS pay for their luxury trip! “Fast” does not describe the service. Previous fast ferry was damaging shoreline homes Bainbridge.

  2. With these fiber options from CenturyLink coming available, it will provide direct competition with Comcast for sure. In the article, you are unsure of pricing at this time, but I can see that if bundled with 1 Gig Fiber and Prism TV, pricing will start at $79.95. Of course, that’s before the package you choose with Prism TV.

    Learn more about CenturyLink Fiber at https://www.centurylink.com/fiber/
    Learn more about Prism TV at http://www.centurylink.com/prismtv

    1. Nick–

      I just got a response from CenturyLink:

      “We have enabled several developments and complexes in Bremerton with fiber to the home. Our engineering and construction work will continue into 2017 but we do not have a completion date at this time.”

      -Josh

  3. This service will not be available to the general public. it is available to new apartment and business complexes specifically wired for fiber at the time of construction. Century Link does have some new technologies that boosts speed over copper to a pretty good clip.

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