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Industry Internet and Telecommunication
Founded September 1994 (1994-09)
  • Dane Jasper
  • Scott Doty
Headquarters Santa Rosa, California, United States of America
Area served
Key people
Dane Jasper, CEO

Sonic is a telecommunications company and internet service provider based in Santa Rosa, California, acting as a competitive local exchange carrier in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.[1][2]


Sonic began as an effort to bring network connectivity and Internet access to staff and students at the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College. In 1994, Sonic began formal Internet operations by way of a partnership between Dane Jasper and Scott Doty, both of which had worked on the network at Santa Rosa Junior College. In 1995, Sonic moved into its downtown Santa Rosa location.[3]

In 2011, after becoming concerned about increasing legal requests for users' data, mostly related to copyright infringement involving pornography, Sonic cut the time it stores logs of user activity to two weeks.[4][5]

Later in 2011, the U.S. government forced Sonic and Google to turn over e-mail addresses of people who had corresponded with Wikileaks volunteer and Tor developer Jacob Appelbaum. Sonic and Google fought the secret court order, which CEO Dane Jasper characterized as "rather expensive, but the right thing to do," and the court agreed to lift the seal on the Sonic order to give Appelbaum a copy of it.[6][7]

In 2012, Jasper told TorrentFreak that Sonic will not be participating in the so-called "six strikes" plan, in which major U.S. Internet service providers will begin to warn and punish people suspected of infringing copyrights, saying that ISPs are not equipped to police the actions of individuals, and that the MPAA and RIAA have not invited small, independent ISPs to participate.[8]


Sonic offers a number of services including:

  • Fusion - combined voice and data service offering up to 20Mbit/s per line, with unlimited nationwide land line voice.
  • FlexLink - midband Ethernet service offering symmetric speeds from 1.5Mbit/s to 100Mbit/s.
  • AT&T DSL - ADSL service delivered over an AT&T voice line.
  • Hosting - website hosting services.
  • Colocation - datacenter colocation in Santa Rosa, CA.
  • DIRECTV - bundled television services offered with broadband at a discount.

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  1. ^ "CLEC Update". January 5, 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moving Outside: From ISP to OSP". July 31, 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "The History of Sonic". Retrieved 2010-10-26. [dead link]
  4. ^ Greenberg, Andy (22 June 2012). "CEO Of Internet Provider We Delete User Logs After Two Weeks. Your Internet Provider Should, Too.". Forbes. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Greenberg, Andy (11 July 2012). "Five Ways Wireless Carriers Could Rein In The Government's Surveillance Of Your Phone". Forbes. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Angwin, Julia (9 October 2011). "Secret Orders Target Email: WikiLeaks Backer's Information Sought". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Brooke, Heather (11 October 2011). "How the US government secretly reads your email: Secret orders forcing Google and Sonic to release a WikiLeaks volunteer's email reveal the scale of US government snooping". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Has Your ISP Joined the US "Six Strikes" Anti-Piracy Scheme?". TorrentFreak. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 

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