Fayette County

Windstream announces gigabit Internet trial for Lexington


Some in Lexington may have Internet access about 22 times faster than their neighbors.

Cable and Internet provider Windstream announced a 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service trial in Lexington on Friday, with the potential for a full launch during the first half of 2016, according to a company press release.

Windstream spokesman Michael Teague said he couldn’t provide information or numbers on how many customers would be involved “at this early trial stage” Friday night. The company is currently contacting existing customers to provide information about the trial, he said.

The current top speed in the city averages around 44 megabits per second, according to broadband analysis provider Ookla, which tracks Internet service providers and speeds. Because there are 1,000 megabits in a gigabit, the gigabit service would be about 22 times faster.

A television service to rival Time Warner Cable was unveiled this month. The Lexington Urban County Council approved giving Windstream a 10-year cable franchise agreement in October.

Lexington is one of five cities planned for gigabit service through Windstream in the first half of 2016.