Dear Mr. President

President Obama talk about broadband speed

President Obama recently called out San Francisco for being America’s slowest-connected large city. And that’s ironic, because San Francisco is the cradle of so much technological innovation. Companies here are building amazing things, including some notable Sonic customers such as Maker Media.

But when they go home, San Francisco residents are worse served than consumers in much of the rest of the country. Indeed the US as a whole has some of the worst connectivity in the developed world.

Here is the chart that President Obama is pointing to above, and he’s calling out you, San Francisco:

Screen Shot Internet Download Speeds By City

Mr. President, we are changing that, right now. Sonic now provides Gigabit (1000Mbps) Fiber to the home service in San Francisco!

San Francisco, and indeed every city, deserves for its residents and businesses the fastest possible connections, without caps, tiered pricing, or crappy customer service. We can do better. Sonic’s continuing mission is to build and deliver a better Internet service. Whether it is crushing artificial data caps and tiers, fair policies that protect our lawful customers, or just a simple, all-inclusive price, we’ve got a better way.

In San Francisco specifically, the race is on now, and Sonic has the lead. As the first to deliver consumer-priced Gigabit Fiber to the home in San Francisco, we are thrilled to see our customers posting up awesome speeds, and telling us how thrilled they are with their new Sonic Fiber service.

So with all of this in mind, Mr. President, I want to assure you that the city of San Francisco, cradle of so much innovation, is well on its way to getting the widely available Gigabit Fiber connectivity it deserves. (And, it’s time to update your chart!)

And for the people of San Francisco, to help bring Gigabit Fiber to every home, I have just two requests: Please join Sonic as a member, and even if we are not yet offering Fiber in your area, please click here to share what we are doing. Together, we can fix Internet access in America.

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  • codesmithsf

    I love Sonic but it’s quite a stretch to say “Sonic now provides Gigabit (1000Mbps) Fiber to the home service in San Francisco” when only two neighborhoods are getting service. Here in the Mission we are turtling along with 10-15 Mbps speeds. I don’t want to give in to Comcast! When oh when is the rest of SF getting service!?

  • clarasanta

    This has been a long haul for the Sonic bunch! Until now it seemed to be possible that Sonic would make it with this remodeling of the internet and somehow come out the better for it and that means all of society. It will take more time and money and bribery than what Sonic can muster? I was drafted into the USMC against my will and I survived: I think and hopefully Sonic will survive.

    I am on the side of Sonic and with a few changes to smooth out the wrinkles that are becoming apparent, somehow someway it will become Sonic for the better. I am hoping and working not praying. Go Sonic Go!

  • Spongman

    Hey Dane, I’m in potrero hill. How come my ~4Mbps connection costs the same as my friend’s 100Mbps connection in the sunset?