California’s Capital Prepares for 5G Internet

Sacramento is one of four U.S. cities set to get early access to Verizon’s high-speed service.

by Vincent Moleski, The Sacramento Bee / September 12, 2018
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(TNS) — Beginning Thursday, some Sacramento residents will be some of the first in the world to be able to purchase Verizon’s 5G broadband Internet service, which will start Oct. 1.

Sacramento is one of four cities in the U.S. to receive early access to the at-home Internet service, along with Houston, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles, according to a Verizon press release.

Residents of the city can sign up for the service online, and after a free trial period of three months, they can expect to pay $50 to $70 per month, according to the press release.

Verizon spokesman John O’Malley said typical 5G network speeds average 300 megabits per second, which Verizon’s website says is fast enough to download an iTunes update in 7 seconds, whereas 4G LTE speeds range between 5 to 12 megabits per second.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a press release 5G service will “expand digital access for underserved communities and boost the city’s efforts to establish itself as a center for autonomous vehicle testing.”

Steinberg said Phantom Auto, an autonomous vehicle technology company, recently announced that it would begin testing driverless cars in Sacramento. Faster cellphone data speeds up communications between the vehicle and the backup driver.

Coverage in Sacramento will be limited to certain areas of the city, with widespread availability being expected early 2019, according to Steinberg.

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