FIBER-TO-THE-HOME (FTTH) is coming to everyone in the Toledo Washington “864” area!
WHAT THE HECK IS FTTH?
Sometimes referred to Fiber-to-the-Business, Fiber-to-the-Premise, or some other variation, it is really all the same thing. Fiber-to-the-Home or FTTH for short, is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the providers switching equipment, to a home or business. In other words, it is a method of transporting and delivering your phone and internet services. This method of delivery just happens to currently be, the biggest and most important development in technology infrastructure.
Currently, there are very few companies doing what we’re doing. There are a few metropolitan areas around the United States with FTTH networks and some getting much press coverages such as Google Fiber™ and Verizon FiOS©, but those companies service only select areas in major metropolitan markets. Other companies have added fiber to their networks, but those are not true FTTH networks. ToledoTel is bringing 100% FTTH to everyone in our Toledo “864” area telephone exchange; covering 388 square miles with true FTTH. Click here to see a map of ToledoTel’s FTTH.
WHY IS FTTH SO GREAT?
FTTH means more available bandwidth and speed. More bandwidth means more data capacity a network can carry at a given time. The greatest demand for bandwidth for residential users right now, come from downloading or streaming movies. There is yet another large trend that is driving the need for bandwidth and speed and that is “cloud computing”.
Much of what we use to do online, came from computers with software that all resided on our computers. That has changed and now there are fewer things that really rely on the seemingly powerful personal computers of the past. Increasingly more computer applications, software and even file storage now reside on the Internet or “in the cloud”. Yet another driving force is mobile Internet traffic, which relies heavily on cloud computing. Many experts predict that mobile internet traffic is about to surpass fixed traffic. The greatest thing that will limit your ability to work seemlessly “in the cloud” is your Internet connection. These trends change the way we use the Internet and continues to drive demand for bandwidth and speed.
WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT FTTH?
You may be thinking you have enough speed for how you use your service and may wonder, “Why all the hype?” For the most part, the hype is about the long term benefits and opportunities that fiber brings. Here are some reasons to be excited about FTTH coming to our community:
In general, access to utilities make property more valuable and specifically, FTTH is a utility that people value. Fiber access makes property easier to sell and rent, and buyers and renters are willing to pay a premium for such.
Services will be brought to Toledo that would otherwise be unavailable or inconvenient without traveling long distances. Examples include: telehealth or telemedicine, telecommuting or working from home, interactive online learning, remote operations of complex equipment and much more. In short, it increases the quality of life, especially for citizens of rural communities.
FTTH communities become locations where people want to live and do business. There’s growing evidence that FTTH encourages businesses to stay, helps businesses grow, become more productive, and attracts new businesses, particularly in high-tech industries. They invite opportunities such as data centers, and can support start-up businesses and home based businesses. They provide opportunities in education, healthcare and deliver services more efficiently to its citizens. It makes a community a more attractive place to live, especially for young people who tend to move away, which contributes to population loss that many small communities experience. Of course, FTTH is only one component of a successful economic development strategy, but it is a vitally important one.
HOW DO I KNOW IF FTTH IS AVAILABLE AT MY LOCATION?
If you live in ToledoTel’s “864” service area, FTTH is available to you now. If you are unsure about being located in our service area, call to inquire at 360-864-4552.