ALEXANDRIA, VA – Ting, one of two Internet service providers licensed to provide citywide Internet service, will begin construction of a fiber network in Alexandria.
Earlier this spring, the Alexandria City Council approved broadband franchises for two companies – Lumos and Ting. New high-speed Internet services will bring competition to Alexandria, where Comcast is currently the sole Internet provider.
Ting is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based internet provider that launched in 2015 and now serves seven states and 14 markets in the United States. In a press release, Ting said it will provide the first citywide fiber optic internet service in Alexandria. The construction of the fiber network is expected to start in the summer of 2022.
“We are incredibly honored to begin serving the people of Alexandria and introduce the community to reliable and scalable fiber internet,” said Jill Szuchmacher, executive vice president of Ting Internet, in a statement. “Fiber Internet brings significant economic opportunity and technological resilience to communities, benefiting residents and local businesses for decades to come.”
Ting plans to connect about 90,000 addresses to Internet service in Alexandria. As part of the city’s broadband franchise, Ting will introduce a digital equity and inclusion program to provide fiber internet access to select affordable housing units at no cost to residents.
“Broadband is core infrastructure for our community and we look forward to realizing the benefits of this new investment for our residents and businesses,” Mayor Justin Wilson said in a statement.
Ting has created a web page to provide updates on its Alexandria Fiber Network Project.