Broadband Internet on its way to Gonzales


GONZALES — Internet for Gonzales residents will soon speed up with access to broadband services through Charter Communications.

"We've been working with Central Coast Broadband Consortium for 10 years or so," said Public Works Director Harold Wolgamott. "Trying to get Internet access to this area."

Charter was Gonzales residents’ TV provider and the company could provide the nation with Internet except for 1 percent of the areas. The City of Gonzales didn't take "no" for an answer. The city manager, mayor and superintendent of schools appeared at various forums in the region to speak about the Internet and the need for it.

"Speeds on the Internet used to be measured in Kilobytes, now we're measuring in megabytes," said Wolgamott. "Shortly, Gonzales residents will have the option of having a gigabyte, one trillion bytes per second at reasonable pricing."

The reasonable pricing will be due to projects that the City of Gonzales, the Central Coast Broadband Consortium and Charter were part of. According to Wolgamott, there is a highway for the Internet in Gonzales now and Charter is providing an update to the Internet broadband service.

"We are now the fastest growing company in the nation and the second largest broadband multiple service operator in the nation," said Charter Director of Customer Affairs Lisa Ludowici.  "California is one of Charter's larger service areas with 3.8 million customers and 294 communities served."

Charter is in the process of converting its one-way digital television 330 megahertz system to a two-way system that will be 860 megahertz, with an estimated completion and launch of service on Dec. 12.

"Essentially we will be upgrading everywhere Charter currently provides services," said Ludowici. "Once this upgrade is complete, we can certainly look at extending beyond those areas."

The broadband services will be available in different speeds for the various types of customers from households to businesses.


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