Done in (less than) 60 seconds: Virginia Beach community has super-fast Internet

Want to download an HD movie in less than a minute, or 100 songs in three seconds?

You might be able to, if you live in a certain Virginia Beach subdivision.

Cox Communications recently announced it is offering those kinds of speeds – around 1,000 megabits per second, or one gigabit – to three residential developments in Hampton Roads, including Crofton at Spence Crossing in Virginia Beach, and that it is expanding the service. The other developments already online with the service are in Chesapeake and Williamsburg.

Cox would not provide details on how many customers have already signed up for the new gigabit package, or how extensively or quickly the company expects to expand the service beyond those areas. Crofton at Spence Crossing is near Salem Road and South Independence Boulevard.

A Cox spokeswoman said in an email that its “plan is to offer gigabit services to all homes, not just chosen neighborhoods.”

The service is marketed as “G1GABLAST,” and prices begin at roughly $100.

The Cox spokeswoman, Sarah Buck, said in an email that the company plans to provide those packages in all its markets by the end of 2016, and that it already does so in 10 states. One gigabit is 100 times faster than the average American’s Internet speed, according to a Cox release.

For comparison, it can take up to 45 minutes to download a 5-gigabit HD movie with a connection of 15 megabits per second, according to Verizon. Cox said its G1GABLAST service can do so in less than a minute.

Cox said in the release that it began offering gigabit Internet packages to business about 10 years ago. Google offered similar speeds to homes for the first time about five years ago but has not expanded those services anywhere in Virginia. Cox said it is the first to do so.

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