It was surprising yesterday to learn that T-Mobile is beginning to offer fiber broadband in three locations.
When questioned how it was providing fiber service in New York City, Northglenn, Colorado and Pueblo, Colorado, T-Mobile today provided only the tiniest of tidbits. It said it was working with Pilot Fiber to provide service in New York, and it was working with Intrepid Fiber in Colorado.
“We will have local marketing in areas T-Mobile Fiber is available,” stated T-Mobile in response to questions from Fierce Wireless. “Eligible customers can get T-Mobile Fiber 500 Mbps for $55/month or 1 Gbps for $70/month. Customers who pre-order today can get their first 30 days free.”
T-Mobile’s Fiber website says it is “adding new fiber-optic internet locations regularly.”
Intrepid Fiber is owned by the investment company Brookfield Infrastructure. Intrepid was incorporated in January 2022 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. According to Intrepid’s website, the company is working with local municipalities to connect more consumers to the internet.
“At Intrepid, our mission is to deliver reliable, secure, high-capacity fiber connectivity to communities throughout the United States to meet the broadband demands of the future,” says its website.
Although sparse on other details, the website has job postings for positions that include:
- software engineer
- network architect
- community outreach manager
- construction manager
- right of way specialist
T-Mobile’s foray into fiber began in 2021 when it trialed a symmetrical gigabit fiber service in New York City with an unnamed fiber provider.
Today, it says it’s working with Pilot Fiber, an internet service provider (ISP) in New York that was founded by its CEO Joseph Fasone in 2014 when he was in his early 20s. According to an article in Inc. Magazine, Fasone leveraged existing dark fiber in New York City to get his company off the ground. “Rather than physically lay down new cables, which is understandably cost intensive, Pilot started by piggybacking on existing infrastructure in cities, buying or leasing untapped fiber optic cables for up to 15 or 30 years, and layering its technology on top,” stated Inc. Magazine.
Later, Pilot Fiber also began deploying its own fiber with its own in-house construction crew.
According to Pilot’s website, it serves fiber to more than 700 buildings in the New York Metro Area.
The company has more than 100 employees and has raised about $33 million in funding, according to Crunchbase.