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Welcome to the Fiber Era

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There are a lot of different ways to get your internet these days. Hotspots. Cable. DSL. Satellite. The list goes on. They all have their pros and cons, but fiber is far and away the best option available.

From the frontier days of AOL to Google becoming a verb, the internet has undergone some drastic changes in the last few decades. When the internet first became available in homes, the only option was dial-up. Nobody could be on the phone when you tried to get online. Then, you had to listen to a thousand pops, whines, and screeches while your computer struggled to connect. And remember how you had to stop what you were doing and sign off anytime someone needed to use the phone? It was infuriating… and slow. Can you imagine trying to watch Netflix on that thing? Impossible.

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Cable is the most common form of internet connection. It uses the coaxial cables that already exist in most homes thanks to cable TV. That makes it super convenient, but very unreliable. The copper used to conduct the signal does not keep the speeds consistent. You can go from playing Minecraft one minute to not being able to check your email the next.

DSL is another option. It uses existing phone lines, but it will not kick you off YouTube if someone makes a phone call. Still, the speed is not going to make watching that vlog any easier. It is usually more affordable than cable, but it cannot reach the same speeds.

Then there is satellite. This is the only option available in many rural areas since it does not rely on pre-built lines the way other options do. It uses a dish mounted on the home or in the yard to pull the signal in from orbiting satellites. Just like satellite TV, it runs into issues like rain fade or heavy cloud cover making it impossible to get online.

What makes fiber so much better?

Fiber is the Cadillac of internet options. No. Scratch that. This is the 21st century. Fiber is the Tesla of internet options. It offers you the fastest, most reliable internet connection possible. Fiberoptic cable, or fiber, is made up of hundreds of strands of glass. Yes, glass. Each strand is no wider than a human hair. It transmits signal using pulses of light.  Focus on that for a second. Light travels at a speed of 299,792,458 meters per second.  Information is literally coming at you at the speed of light! How cool is that?

While there are other fiber internet providers, none are like OEC Fiber. The biggest difference between OEC Fiber and other providers is the way our system is built. We use nothing but fiber from beginning to end. That means that every inch of line, from our fiber huts to the ONT (modem) in your home, is fiber. This gives you the fastest most reliable connection possible. Other providers in the area offer fiber up to a point before transitioning to the traditional copper wire most of us are familiar with. This drastically cuts down on your speed and reliability. Having a complete fiber network makes connecting faster, easier, and more enjoyable than ever before.

So, we just have one question for you… What are you waiting for?

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