For the last 70 years, Phonoscope has delivered the fastest, most reliable network in the country. At our core we believe everyone should have access to the latest and fastest network. This is why Phonoscope delivers not only the fastest network to large metropolitan areas, but also everyone from residential to larges enterprise customer to small communities. It is a commitment Phonoscope delivers on every day.
Phonoscope is the largest privately held metro Ethernet provider in the world, offering true, fiber-optic symmetrical connections at speeds of 10Mbps to 400Gbps.
Phonoscope spans 23,000 miles of pure fiber backbone, providing you with the fastest and most reliable internet speeds available anywhere, combined with a range of standout business services.
Our team has decades of experience in designing tailored solutions. Our white-glove customer service approach includes dedicated reps, Houston-based support and a commitment to consultative excellence.
Established in 1952 by two pillars of Houston history, bankers WT Carter and Jesse Jones, Phonoscope has always seen the value of using communications to facilitate economic development and wide community participation. Together they brought in partner technological visionary Lee Cook, the pioneer of two-way video communications, now better known as video conferencing. Under Cook’s innovative guidance, Phonoscope developed and installed the world’s first video conferencing system in the 1950s in its downtown office.
Phonoscope went on to bring broadband to Houston, to support two-way audio and video communications to connect individuals, companies, schools and hospitals. It even supports NASA.
We launched our first Gigabit service in 2006, making Phonoscope a pioneer in high-speed business connectivity. Today, we have grown to be the largest private, metro-area, Gigabit active Ethernet network in Houston, in the nation and in the world.
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Today, Phonoscope holds the nation’s largest privately-owned fiber optic Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). Phonoscope supplies customers on its network with a variety of commercial grade services and continues to provide service to its valuable residential clientele.
Phonoscope developed the original mode of distance learning live and interactive for the Galveston Public School District.
Phonoscope created the video Jukebox for venue entertainment, used in Military Bases, Airports, and Clubs.
Phonoscope began an 11 year battle.
The Attorney General of Texas grants Phonoscope public utility rights for Voice and Video Communications. This designation means that Phonoscope is one of 3 Public Communication Utilities; Telegraph, Telephone and Phonoscope.
Phonoscope provides cable TV to the NASA and Clear Lake Areas.
Phonoscope partnered with General Telephone of the Southwest (GTE).
The law suit was settled in 1969 in favor of Phonoscope.
Phonoscope installs freeway traffic cameras to monitor freeway traffic.
Phonoscope introduced target cable advertising in supermarkets, the beginning of target cable advertisement.
Provided cable television to most apartment complexes.
Phonoscope began to use fiber exclusively to build their communication infrastructure.
The first Fiber Optic Metro Area Ring.
Provided Fiber to interconnect all Houston major business districts and hospitals in the Medical Center.
Phonoscope launched the concept of telemedicine for the use by the Medical Center institutions, to interconnect with cardiovascular surgeons and physicians around the world for instructional purposes.
Phonoscope was the first to provide Houston residential customers with multi internet speeds.
Houston’s first Gigabit Ethernet data circuit connectivity provider.
Fiber to the Home with Symmetrical Gigabit Bandwidth and IP Residential Services.
Over 250 rings within the fiber network.
New Unicast IPTV Headend