Fiber Technology and Your Future
October 18, 2012 1 Comment
In the coming months you will see our crews working in your neighborhood. These are exciting times for our company and our customers. We are building more fiber routes every day, all over southeast Idaho. We just installed a new all-digital switch, built for the information age, that runs on Internet Protocol. We have access to as much bandwidth on our fiber backbone as we need through Syringa Networks. We want you to enjoy your time online. We want you to be able to work from home if you choose. If you are not with Direct Communications, your local broadband company, you are missing out on being part of the best broadband network in the state.
Fiber is the future of communications technology. Fiber optic cable contains strands of optically pure glass, thinner than a human hair, which carry digital information over long distances. Digital signals are sent as pulses of light down the glass fibers, without interference or limitation. Your home will be connected using the most advanced communications technology currently available: Fiber Optic Cable. This digital transport system is faster, clearer, more reliable, and will give you the bandwidth to access the digital communications services of the future, and today’s IP-based broadband apps such as digital streaming TV , VOIP, video conferencing, home security systems, remote appliance management, and of course residential internet speeds up to 100 Mbps.
We are now in the process of steadily upgrading older neighborhoods that were previously on copper, to fiber. Arbon is complete. We have a 5-year plan to convert all of our exchange areas from Bear Lake to Rockland to 100% fiber to the home. This is obviously going to be an enormous project, requiring millions in investment dollars, but we feel that each person in our rural exchange areas deserves fiber to the home.
This is our community too, and we are committed to ensuring the economic vibrancy of our rural towns, and help provide a great quality of life for all of our customers. I see fiber optic cable as being non-negotiable to ensure the economic future of rural America, not just for our customers, but also for us to stay relevant as a communications provider. Some politicians in Washington feel that rural Americans don’t need as much speed as people in cities. I would argue that rural folks need high speed internet even more than their city counterparts because we are so remote, and fiber is the only way you can push a good, unlimited broadband signal out far enough to reach all of our customers.
Having access to unlimited broadband is the future to economic development and personal educational opportunity in this global information economy. Fiber optics are the future of communications, because both copper and wireless will eventually max out on the bandwidth people will require. Eventually, all media will be delivered as internet data. You will be ready for that future.
Please be patient with us as we roll out this plan to bring you better broadband service.
General Manager- Idaho
The Fiber Optic Advantages Are Clear
The fastest connection speed known to man – up into the gigabits. We currently offer an unmatched 100Mb residential speed to our customers.
Fiber to the home uses a pure ethernet connection back to your ISP, without needing intermediate equipment like a modem. This results in a much more stable, reliable service, which means no downtime for you. Fiber to the home virutally eliminates most equipment issues, and downtime typically experienced by internet subscribers.
Unlimited carrying capacity means NO CAPS. The bandwidth, like speed is only limited by the processing power of the electronics on each end of the fiber. We will never cap your data usage, or throttle your speeds. Stream as much video as you like without ever worrying about overages.
Unlike copper, there is no resistance in the fiber optic cable, so the signal can travel much further distances. This means we can now serve even the most remote customers.
Because it’s literally light being transmitted, there is no interference from electromagnetic noise such as radios, motors, power lines, or other nearby cables. This means a clearer signal and better broadband connection for you. Even lighting strikes, which can be transmitted by copper cabling, are not transmitted by fiber-optic cable.
Fiber optic cables costs less to maintain than traditional copper lines, saving us all time and money.
Fiber optics are the future of communications, because both copper and wireless will eventually max out on the bandwidth people will require. Eventually, all media will be delivered as internet data. You will be ready for that future.