Sonic.net Plans Gigabit Fiber Network in San Francisco (Release)

December 15, 2011 – 4:59 pm
SANTA ROSA, CA – December 14th, 2010- Sonic.net today announced it has filed a permit application to build a Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) network in San Francisco. The application encompasses an initial pilot region of two thousand homes in the Sunset District, and describes a five-year build-out plan which would reach most San Francisco premises. This network would be served from approximately 188 outdoor utility cabinets.The all-fiber network will offer full Gigabit speed Internet access to customers in San Francisco. Voice telephone service is also included. Construction of the San Francisco fiber network will begin in 2012, pending permit approval. Sonic.net currently offers copper-based broadband and telephone services throughout the greater Bay Area.

“San Francisco is our fastest-growing market for copper delivered Fusion Broadband+Phone service today, so we are very excited to bring our Fiber-optic upgrade process to the city,” said Dane Jasper, CEO & Co-Founder of Sonic.net.  “There is a huge demand in San Francisco for higher bandwidth services, and fiber is the only long-term way to meet this demand.”

The Santa Rosa-based company currently offers Fiber services in Sebastopol, Calif. Customers there can choose service with one or two included phone lines, plus ultra high-speed broadband at 100Mbps for $39.95 or 1Gbps (1000Mbps) for $69.95.

By using an all-fiber design, Sonic.net has limited the number of street-level cabinets required, while delivering future-proof services.

About Sonic.net Inc.
Sonic.net, founded in 1994, provides broadband access to consumers and wholesale ISP partners in a thirteen state region. Sonic.net’s flagship product is “Fusion”, which combines unlimited broadband and local and long distance home telephone service. For $39.95, every Fusion customer gets the maximum Internet speed possible at their location — up to 20Mbps — plus a traditional phone line with U.S. and Canadian calling included. For more information, visit www.sonic.net.

  • Anton Yurchenko

    Do you guys have any plans you can share for South of Market part of San Francisco?

  • Anonymous

    The five year plan we have filed would incorporate most of the city – but clearly there’s a lot of uncertainty around approval, financing, time line, etc. We’re at the early stages on this project.

    -Dane

  • Anton Yurchenko

    Yeah this is understandable.

    I read about approval/NIMBY concerns. Please post if you are running into such issues, me and other Sonic customers will do our part in supporting this buildout with the city.

  • Joseph Duncan

    Fantastic – really excited to hear this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3302127 Kevin Hanson

    Ahhh so cool!!! I WANT! Too bad I live in the inner rich…

  • Allenwoo

    I live in Sunset and I am using your fusion service. Can you tell me if my house is in the first phrase to get the fiber IF approved by the city? 

  • Allenwoo

    I am on 41st Ave and I will be the FIRST ONE to sign up with your Fiber when it becomes available. I am now about 10,000 feet from CO and even with double line fusion service, I can only get around 6MB for a stable connection. I am ready to upgrade! 

  • Shellscriptz

    Can you please come to Seattle? We need something like this here. Hey, google is here too, so you can work with them on it, right? I bet you could find some investors for high speed internet here, and you wouldn’t have to look very far…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718819716 Bryant Fu

    Will these outdoor utility cabinets be on the sidewalk or on lamp posts?

  • Anonymous

    I am out of the office until Wednesday, January 4th.

    In my absence, please contact the following staff for assistance:

    Support and Customer Service, Eli Caul, eli.caul@corp.sonic.net Accounting: Nicki Dorris, nicki@corp.sonic.net
    Enterprise Sales: Mark Loher, mloher@corp.sonic.net
    Systems administration: Kelsey Cummings, kgc@corp.sonic.net
    Network admin and telco/carrier: Nathan Patrick, npatrick@corp.sonic.net HR and administration, Jen Codarre, jen@corp.sonic.net

    Everyone can also be reached at 707-522-1000.

    Thank you!


    Dane Jasper Sonic.net, Inc.
    (707)522-1000 http://www.sonic.net/
    mailto:dane@corp.sonic.net

  • dan

    which phase will be in financial district 

  • Anonymous

    I am out of the office until Wednesday, January 4th.

    In my absence, please contact the following staff for assistance:

    Support and Customer Service, Eli Caul, eli.caul@corp.sonic.net Accounting: Nicki Dorris, nicki@corp.sonic.net
    Enterprise Sales: Mark Loher, mloher@corp.sonic.net
    Systems administration: Kelsey Cummings, kgc@corp.sonic.net
    Network admin and telco/carrier: Nathan Patrick, npatrick@corp.sonic.net HR and administration, Jen Codarre, jen@corp.sonic.net

    Everyone can also be reached at 707-522-1000.

    Thank you!


    Dane Jasper Sonic.net, Inc.
    (707)522-1000 http://www.sonic.net/
    mailto:dane@corp.sonic.net

  • Oscar Zamora

    I am on 19th Ave in the Sunset, I hope you don’t leave out the customers that have underground service. I have fusion now but would sign up with Fiber when it becomes available in a minute.

  • http://twitter.com/jeffburg Jeffrey Bergier

    How can I get info about being one of 2000 homes in the sunset to pilot this?

  • Anonymous

    The pilot region is 2000 homes in the Sunset District, in a defined region. If the project obtains all required approvals and is built, all Fusion customers in that area will be switched to Fiber.

    -Dane

  • Want Fiber Now!

    Maybe I’m slow today, but how to I sign up?  I’m less than 5000 from the Central Office and live in the Sunset district of San Francisco.

  • Anonymous

    You can switch to Fusion service today! It will be much faster than what you have now. Details: http://sonic.net/fusion
    -Dane

  • Bigboy

    Would love you guys to light up the dark fiber in Palo Alto…

  • Jared Picklesimer

    This can’t come soon enough.  I’ll be switching to the gigabit service from Fusion as soon as you guys have it available.  (I’m in Mission Terrace / Balboa Park)

    Sonic really is the best ISP in the Bay Area.  I had great speeds and consistent connectivity with ATT U-Verse, but it’s very limited in availability.  ATT DSL really isn’t even worthy competition in the broadband market.  Comcast offers the only true high speeds available to consumers here, but they have the WORST customer service on the planet.  If they didn’t have a monopoly on true high speed internet here, they’d have no business at all.  I refuse to ever spend another dime with them.  EVER.

    Sonic, on the other hand, helped me solve an issue related to the firmware revision of a modem I purchased myself right after I first signed up.  They have honest, solid network policies that make sense and they’re working to provide 21st century internet service to people at very reasonable prices.  It’s nice to see a provider that is focused on quality service over wringing every last penny they can out of customers for the minimum effort.  *cough*comcrap*cough*

    I’ll be keeping an eye on this service as it develops for sure.

  • http://stupidevilbastard.com/ Les Jenkins

    I hope someday you guys will expand to Michigan. We could always use a great ISP in Ann Arbor. ;-)

    At the very least, I hope you guys continue to be as successful as you are and inspire others to take the same approach elsewhere. 

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  • Nopajoe

    Howdy, it’s 2012 – what’s the status on your permit thingy?

    I’m in the NOPA area and would bust some concrete for your fiber service, you know metaphorically speaking.

  • Sammyzue08

    I am in downtown San Francisco up at the 8th floor, what kind of planning for
    customer with fusion upgrade to fiber and what is the cost for customer?

  • Notgivingoutmeemail

    I hope you can soon extend fiber service to Daly City, particularly in the “Original Daly City” area that touches Mission Street, borders San Francisco, and meets the foot of San Bruno Mountain.

    For the $43.75 I’m paying for 3.0mb/384k DSL, but only getting 1.2mb/274k speeds, I’d GLADLY switch over to your fiber service!

  • tomburns

    Awesome-o 2000! I’m in the Sunset in SF!! How do I sign up for this pilot?

  • Arthur

    Yeah, Palo Alto!

  • Elbertt

    Hello, does anyone knows if sonic.net internet service is available now here in San Bruno, CA 94066. Thanks

  • sonicnet

    Yes, Fusion is available in most Bay Area cities, but you’ll need to check your specific phone number or address for service. Start here: http://fusion.sonic.net/

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