As the state’s first gigabit broadband utility, the success of MB Link continues to far exceed the City of Mont Belvieu’s expectations as it closes in on its first anniversary.
Next Friday, June 28 will mark one year of when MB Link went live, offering 1-gigabit-per-second service to every residence in Mont Belvieu, which was originally projected to have 400 households signed up. But the city is approaching 1,200 customers, resulting in revenue of more than $79,000 as of April, more than double what was projected for the first year.
“One year ago, the City of Mont Belvieu did what many said was impossible; launch the state’s first gigabit broadband utility,” Brian Ligon, City of Mont Belvieu spokesman, said. “Since that time MB Link has brought fast, affordable, and reliable broadband internet service to the residents of Mont Belvieu, shattered business model projections, and has become the talk of Texas and the tech industry.”
In addition to reaching households, MB Link has added seven commercial clients online that range from churches to pipelines to a hotel. And Ligon says they anticipate at least two more businesses coming online by the end of July.
But one major business yet to receive the service is the City of Mont Belvieu.
“The reason is simple; it is more important to us that we meet the needs of our residents and businesses first,” Ligon said. “We are looking forward to bringing all of our city facilities, including our Eagle Pointe complex, on to MB Link by the end of the year. We have migrated the city’s servers into the MB Link data center and are currently doing the upgrades and maintenance necessary to make it a smooth transition.”
The service is exclusive to Mont Belvieu residents for $75 a month, and there are no data caps and no throttling of service if residents use too much data.
To celebrate its one-year anniversary, city staff and the MB Link team will be hosting a citywide barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Mont Belvieu City Park, 10900 Eagle Drive. The cook team for the event is comprised of the MB Link techs and will be led by its network administrator, Jesse Mayer, who has been cooking competitively for two years.
“Customers and non-customers are invited to come have barbecue sandwiches with City staff to celebrate and learn more about what MB Link can do for their homes and businesses,” Ligon said. “Additionally, MB Link will be launching a “birthday special” and signing residents up for service at the event.”
The special offer waives the installation fee for new customers — a $75 savings — and we will give a $75 bill credit to our existing customers who refer a friend to “go Gig” with MB Link.
For more information, visit www.mblinktx.net.