Windstream launches ultra-fast Internet service in 7 NC towns

Windstream has launched its ultra-fast Internet service for seven North Carolina towns: China Grove, Concord, Davidson, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Lewisville and Matthews.

The 1-gigabit service allows users to download 100 songs in three seconds, or an HD movie in seven seconds, Windstream said Monday.

Windstream’s local investment is part of a larger, companywide effort that includes launching ultra-fast service to three other markets: Lincoln, Neb.; Sugar Land, Texas; and Lexington, Ky.

Arkansas-based Windstream grew its North Carolina presence in 2007 with the acquisition of CT Communications, which is based in Concord. The company earlier this year said it was building out its high-speed fiber network in Charlotte with local data centers and commercial buildings in SouthPark, uptown and the University area.

Competition is heating up among providers to bring high-speed service to the Charlotte area. Google Fiber is in the process of rolling out its fiber network locally, and AT&T and Time Warner Cable also have been rolling out faster speeds in the city.