Gainesville Internet service is coming to the west coast in 2018.
The new service will be available in West Virginia, West Virginia Tech and nearby states, according to a press release from the Gainesville Public Utility Commission.
The service is a hybrid network of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fixed wireless, and will provide gigabit Internet speeds to customers.
The city-owned utility said the new service, called Gainesville Broadband, will include a network of “two-way fiber optics.”
The city’s broadband is the third of its kind in the country, joining Clear Channel and Virgin Mobile.
A new fiber optic cable will run through Gainesville’s downtown core, which is one of the busiest in the state.
The City of Gainesville is the first to offer gigabit service to West Virginia and its neighboring states.
The commission voted to award the city $3 million in cash for its FTTH project.
The FCC will use the money to help fund the project, according the release.
The project will be completed in 2020.
West Virginia is one the fastest-growing states in the nation, with a population of about 3.2 million.
The state has a population nearly three times that of Florida, with nearly a third of the state’s residents living in rural areas.
West Virginians are expected to make up more than a third and a half of the population by 2040, according government data.
The FTTH network is expected to provide faster speeds to some customers than others, according The Verge.
However, those speeds may not be quite as fast as those offered by fiber optics networks like Telstra’s and Cox’s in other parts of the country.
Some internet service providers, such as Frontier Communications, have said their FTTH services may not provide the same speeds as those provided by fiber-optic networks.