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A little over a month ago, Lincoln had no prospects for ultra-fast Internet. As of Friday, it has two.

Windstream on Friday announced it will start offering 1 gigabit Internet service in Lincoln and four other cities sometime in the first half of next year.

Windstream's announcement follows one last month by ALLO communications that it will start offering 1 gigabit service next year and have it available to all Lincoln homes by 2019. That announcement came after Nelnet, the Lincoln-based student finance and payments company, bought Imperial-based ALLO for $46.25 million.

Windstream spokesman Michael Teague said it's too early to say when exactly the service will start in Lincoln or how many homes will have access to it. Teague said it will require Windstream to install fiber-optic lines to homes and businesses. The company said the network enhancements it plans to make to offer 1-gig Internet will make its Kinetic TV service available to more customers in Lincoln and Lexington, Kentucky, where about 50,000 homes in each city currently can get the service.

Lexington is the first city served by Windstream to get the 1-gig service, and a test is currently going on there. The other cities in addition to Lincoln that will get the service sometime next year are Sugar Land, Texas, and Concord and Matthews, North Carolina.

“We understand the value our customers place on reliable high-speed Internet, which is why we’re making a commitment to offering 1 Gbps service,” Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer at Windstream, said in a news release. “We will continue to expand services in 2016 to meet our customers’ growing demands and needs.”

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