The Americana traditional neighborhood development in Zachary is the first community in metro Baton Rouge to get Cox Communications’ new gigabit Internet service, which provides customers with download speeds that are 100 times faster than standard household services.

“Zachary is going to be a smarter community as a whole as a result of what is happening today,” Charles Landry, Americana’s lead developer, said at a press conference Thursday to announce the service.

Cox launched the service, which it dubbed G1GABLAST, last year in parts of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Omaha, Nebraska. Last month, the service was introduced in the Lexi Falls subdivision in Broussard and the Bella Ridge and Cottonwood Creek apartments in Harahan.

The gigabit service will allow customers to download HD movies in less than a minute, upload about 1,000 photos in a minute and download 100 songs in 3 seconds.

“One thing our customers consistently tell us is that speed matters,” said Jacqui Vines, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Southeast Region. “Speed helps you run businesses, keeps you entertained and enables online education and career opportunities. It also empowers you to communicate with your family and friends faster and more effectively.”

The stand-alone gigabit service will cost $99.99 a month, said Sharon Bethea, a Cox spokeswoman in south Louisiana. The service will cost less when bundled with other Cox products, such as cable, telephone and home security, but because of the wide variety of bundles and discounts the company offers Bethea was unable to provide a range of prices.

Plans are to add the service to more new developments like Americana during the coming months. The gigabit service will go in existing neighborhoods across metro Baton Rouge on a case-by-case basis beginning in 2016.

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