How to bring your community into the fibre future

Want to stream high-def Apple TV to your heart’s content? Tired of constant buffering on Netflix? Sick of gamer lag on PlayStation or Xbox Live? You need fibre optic Internet.

Unfortunately you can’t just call up the cable guy—whether he’s a friend or super-creepy foe—and ask him to tap into existing telephone or TV cables to get it. Fibre optic networks move massive amounts of data by transmitting beams of pure light, instead of electricity. That means an entirely new infrastructure is needed to bring the near unlimited data-capacity of fibre networks to new communities.

But building that new fibre optic network is a major undertaking. Every kilometre has to be carefully planned in coordination with city planners. The new network has to fit in seamlessly with the existing utilities infrastructure. It’s a painstaking and costly process. And once the exhaustive planning phase is complete, an equally methodical construction phase begins, in which thousands of kilometres of fibre optic cable are put down and gridded up together, section by section.

Because of this “build it from scratch” process, big providers are only bringing fibre to big cities and major population centres. They’re skipping everywhere else. Small communities and rural areas are being left behind while big cities are being future-proofed with new fibre optic infrastructure.

So we’re picking up the slack. We’re turning communities that show enough interest into fibre communities. If interest in a particular community or area is high, then we’ll work with local planners and officials to make in-depth construction outlines and action plans. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and unroll thousands of kilometres of fibre optic cable and get busy building.

There’s no reason why small communities should be missing out on the infrastructure of tomorrow, or the entertainment smorgasbord of today. If you’re interested in seeing your community become a fibre community, click here.

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