Hudson, Ohio, becomes a "Gigabit City"

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HUDSON, OH — Hudson became Northeast Ohio's first “Gigabit City,” as a business complex located off Boston Mills Road was officially “lit up” with high-speed Internet by city-owned Velocity Broadband. A Gigabit equals 1,000 megabits of data transferred per second, which is up to 50 times faster than speeds currently available.

“It’s clear that fast, efficient Internet drives business growth which is key to economic vitality of our city,” said City Manager Jane Howington. She noted that surveys and conversations with business leaders made it clear that faster Internet was an issue. “When no one else would provide it, we decided to do it ourselves; it’s that important to our business base,” she said.

Businesses Connected First, Residents to Follow
Velocity Broadband, owned and operated by the city, uses fiber optic cable which is much faster than traditional copper cable—offering performance that is also more reliable. As a result, Hudson’s businesses will be able to connect, download and communicate faster without interruption, helping to save costly downtime and operate more efficiently. Soon, residents also will be connected to the service, allowing them to download movies and games much faster from their homes.

The addition of Velocity Broadband is a key economic development initiative that will position the city of Hudson for future expansion, while advancing local businesses. A thriving economic base signals a growing community, creating jobs, generating tax revenue and attracting more visitors to spend with local merchants.

“We are excited to officially be a Gigabit City,” said City Manager Jane Howington. “The City’s investment in Velocity Broadband will continue to change Hudson for the better, ensuring continuous success for the future of our community. We are taking speed, reliability and affordability to a whole new level.”

The city has begun connecting Hudson businesses with broadband Internet and will be following an aggressive schedule to make faster broadband connections accessible to everyone in Hudson. While the course of laying fiber-optic cable takes time, the city is committed to moving as fast as possible.

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