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Good Question: Greenlight competitor with a familiar name?

Brennan Somers
Created: November 22, 2021 06:29 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)—  Greenlight, Greenlight, Greenlight. It's all we hear when people ask us about getting better internet at a cheaper price.

That company's been rolling out fiber-optic service to local neighborhoods for some time now, but soon, could there be a new competitor with a familiar name?

If you take a drive around Webster near Bay Road you'll pass signs saying "fiber is coming." You'll also see workers digging up the right of way and installing new cables.

Families who lived here reached out to News10NBC's Brennan Somers after crews told them "something like Greenlight" is moving in.

We haven't heard hardly anything about that. Is it true? Yes.

These signs are legit. They come from Frontier. The signs also say "good news! we're expanding our 100% fiber-optic internet into your neighborhood."

You might be asking--is this like Greenlight? If I get enough of my neighbors all to sign up and we meet a certain demand threshold does that put us next on the list? No, but you can call to put in orders.

Frontier told Somers

"Frontier is bringing fiber to Webster as part of our plan to build gigabit America. Our fiber-optic wi-fi will bring greater reliability and speed to how you work, learn, play, and virtually connect the community to a world of opportunities. We plan to build fiber to 2,000 homes and businesses this year and 10,000 next year.

In Monroe County, our plan is to build access to nearly 90k homes and businesses over the next few years. we hope the city will grant us the necessary permits to connect Rochester to the digital world in new and better ways."

What's the bottom line? The top speed and the price tag?

Somers went to Frontier's sign-up page. There are two options.

The first year's starting point is $49.99 for 500mbps downloading and uploading. You save one cent a month compared to Greenlight's $50 plan.  If you want more, there's a fiber-optic gig service. That is $75 a month with a one-year agreement.

The same speed is $100 at Greenlight, but the company doesn't lock you in a contract.

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