Village of Fairport gets its first "Greenlight District"
Fairport, N.Y. - As of Tuesday, internet speeds in parts of the Village of Fairport just got faster.
A gigabit per second faster, to be specific.
This comes as the high-speed service provider Greenlight Networks installed its first "Greenlight District" there.
"I think it's great to have a fiber optics company come in here to do work, and get some better pricing for people in Fairport," said Fairport resident Tim McGrath.
Those living in Fairport’s Potter Place and Roselawn districts are now able to switch over to Greenlight.
Lashawn Moses, a current Comcast customer, said she streams a lot videos, and faster internet service would help with buffering.
"It would be a go for me. I would like that," said Moses.
As for Kevin Amrine, he's not as enthused.
"Not that big a deal to me,” he said. “I don't really pay that much attention to things like that. It's not a priority."
Greenlight made an agreement with Fairport Electric to install fiber optics using its utility poles.
The network offers homeowners and businesses more bandwidth.
"Frontier is who I’m with now,” said McGarth. “I think, I speak alone, but for most of the people around here, and in the city, we get kicked off and booted and you're in roaming and LTE, and you don't really know."
The fiber optic company looks for 50-75 people to show interest in its services before creating a Greenlight District in a town or village. You can do that by signing up on the Greenlight website.
That's what happened in Erie Station Village in Henrietta.
"Since we went over to Greenlight,” Rachel Short said, "we've had no issues. It's consistent. It's fast. We really have no complaints whatsoever."
Short said she’s paid $20 dollars for internet since she switched over, with no additional fees.
Steve Hayes also has Greenlight service.
“I used to live on Scottsville Road,” he said. “We had Time Warner, and we paid, I want to say, $100 to $120 bucks for the ultimate package, which is supposed to be 100 down, 10 up, and it was almost never that.”
He said he pays $80 to $100 a month and gets 500 MB downloading and 100 MB uploading.
“Any internet search is instantaneous,” he said. “I play a lot of video games, and any downloads that I’ve done were within like five or ten minutes.”
Greenlight Networks now serves customers in parts of Brighton, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Pittsford and Penfield.
The company expects to further expand in Fairport, as well into Perinton this year.