Aren’t Broadband Providers the Same?

If you’ve signed up for cable or broadband service in recent years, you know that every provider claims to have “high speed” or “blazing fast” service. Those terms don’t mean much anymore.

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Wilson’s community-owned Greenlight network is all fiber optic; It’s the fastest way to provide broadband service and the only fiber optic network in Wilson.

One of the cable giants claimed to have a fiber optic network until a few weeks ago when the Better Business Bureau told it to stop.

Verizon, which challenged Time Warner Cable about its fiber claims said in the article, “”It’s unfortunate that some companies resort to making false, misleading statements about competitors. When that happens, it leaves consumers confused.”

Our community has an infrastructure asset that we built ourselves for our residents. The proceeds go back into our community. Instead of improving its network, the cable company wants NC Lawmakers to stop us from providing a better option.

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One Response

  1. Aren’t Broadband Providers the Same?

    Unfortunately, no they are not.

    “Broadband” or “High Speed” Internet are loosely defined terms. Originally broadband Internet was defined as downstream speeds faster than 512Kbps. The definitions minimum speed has been steadily going up. Currently the FCC defines Broadband as a 4Mbps or faster Internet connection. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband_Internet_access

    Many broadband providers advertise “blazing fast” as 512 Kbps download speeds. 10 years ago that was super fast but today it is painfully slow.

    The newer fiber optic and DOCSIS 3.0 cable systems are the way to go. 100 Mbps is available in many areas.

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