August 18, 2016
by GLE President/CEO Bill Scott
You turn on the TV and start streaming a movie on Netflix while your wife is paying bills online and scrolling through Facebook. Meanwhile, your teenage son is busy with online gaming and your daughter is streaming music from Pandora while watching YouTube videos. This type of scenario plays out nightly in homes across the nation.
Does this sound like your home? If you don’t have high speed Internet service, the answer is likely no. The ability to stream videos, games and music can be nearly impossible without high speed Internet at home.
We’d like to know more about your high speed Internet service needs. We are currently researching fiber deployment and we strongly encourage every member to complete our Internet survey.
What is high-speed fiber Internet service? High-speed fiber Internet offers speeds of 25 Mpbs to 100 Mpbs for homes. While your current Internet connection may offer some video streaming capability, true high-speed fiber Internet provides for multiple devices to use the high-speed connection at the same time, such as using a streaming TV service while also actively using your mobile phone to surf the Internet. It also allows for home businesses to thrive in rural areas or for you to work from home more efficiently, when the need arises.
Your responses will be carefully reviewed to help us better determine what role, if any, your electric cooperative should play in rural broadband expansion.
Does it provide value? That’s one question we will be able to better answer with your input. Some like buying a new car with all the bells and whistles while others prefer to get the lowest-priced, base model on the lot. Your job, lifestyle, budget and personal tastes all influence the decision. The same is true with high speed Internet service. Whether the benefits outweigh the cost will likely hinge on how deeply you wish to tap into all the multiple uses that come with this changing technology.
We’re interested in knowing what you think about it. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.