Nexton to become South Carolina’s first gigabit community

Staff Report
Published Dec. 20, 2013

Nexton will be the first gigabit community in South Carolina.

The gigabit Internet service provides broader bandwidth and speed as much as 100 times faster than average Internet services.

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“This means that everyone at Nexton — businesses, schools, medical facilities, libraries, commercial enterprises and residents — will have access to the fastest, highest capacity Internet service in the state,” MWV Community Development and Land Management President Ken Seeger said in a statement. 

MeadWestvaco Corp. is developing Nexton, the 4,500-acre, mixed-used community in Summerville. Moncks Corner-based Home Telecom will power Nexton’s gigabit service, which the company is calling GigaFi.

GigaFi is symmetrical, which enables users to send information at the same speed at which they receive it. Currently, uploading information to the Internet is significantly slower than downloading information, on average.

The service provides Internet through a fiber-optic connection running directly into every home or office in Nexton, said William Helmly, Home Telecom President and COO, in a statement.

“Nothing like it is being routinely offered in this state,” Helmly said.

Homeowners, businesses and health care providers will have access to a 1 gigabit-per-second connection. The cost of the service was not provided. Pricing will be “comparable to other services for both home and business users,” spokeswoman Colleen Troy said.

Businesses and homes will not be required to use the service, but they will be automatically wired to accept the service, Troy said.

“The FCC has challenged communities throughout the nation to make this commitment, because there are such compelling benefits to having gigabit capacity,” Seeger said in a statement. “We are proud to be the first South Carolina community to meet that challenge.”

MeadWestvaco Corp. provides packaging for the health care, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco and agricultural industries. It has 125 facilities and 16,000 employees across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

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