October 24, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas residents will soon have access to Internet connections 100 times faster than the average broadband system.
CenturyLink announced Wednesday that it would bring 1-gigabit Internet service in the northwestern neighborhoods of Las Vegas before the end of the year. The company plans to expand it even further in 2014.
CenturyLink's service was first unveiled in Omaha, Neb., in May. Company spokesman Jason Chan says the cable provider decided to bring the technology to Las Vegas because customers were receptive to the release of one of its other products, Prism TV, two years ago.
The fiber technology is capable of downloading entire movies in seconds and can accommodate multiple large downloads at once.
Gov. Brian Sandoval says the upgrade will help support the growth of the city's tech-focused businesses.