Fiber Optics Frequently Asked Questions
What is fiber Optic Cable:
Fiber optic cable is the fastest and most stable method of deploying very high speed data over the internet. Fiber optic cable is a extremely fine thread of glass about the size of one strand of hair. Optical lasers send data through the glass at the speed of light. Fiber optic cable connects continents and countries together. It also allows homes, businesses, government agencies, and hospitals all over the world to share data instantly.
Why is WMBB wanting to provide fiber to the home?
By far, fiber is the most stable and consistent method of deploying high speed Internet. Fiber architecture is the delivery method of the future and, by far, every other method of receiving high speed Internet pales in comparison.
Wireless, satellite, DSL and even cellular hotspots are much slower. Wireless is vulnerable to frequency interference, leaves on trees, and simply does not transport data packets like fiber. Worst of all, though, roof top tri-pods with tall poles are not only an eye sore, they are like lightening rods just waiting to be struck by lightening.
Why is Fiber so good?
A strand of fiber is a very small strand of glass… about the size of one strand of hair. Light is sent from lasers through the fiber. The light carries the data and transports it at the speed of light. The result is a very fast Internet experience.
Can I get fiber at my house?
WMBB is in the process of evaluating which neighborhoods will get fiber. The single most important factor in determining whether or not your street will get fiber is your neighborhood’s response. If the majority of your neighbors down your street are interested, then your chances are higher. If many of your neighbors are not interested, then no, fiber will not be coming to your area.
So what’s the process?
Once we have a response that most people are interesting in knowing more information, then we would like to schedule a neighborhood meeting to discuss the details as a group. At this meeting, you will find answers to the many questions that may be rolling around in your head. We will discuss the financial commitments, how this is going to be done, when can it get started and when it will be complete. We will even discuss an action plan and specific dates.
Can I help WMBB in our neighborhood?
Yes. We are seeking one person in your neighborhood to be a focal point organizer and someone that would be willing to host this meeting. It will be very informal, but very informative. We will bring the material to review, an easel for presentation, and even refreshments like lemonade. Given nice weather, we can set up in your driveway or the garage. Have the neighbors bring a lawn chair. If you are willing to help, please contact the office (231)924.7000.
How long will the meeting last?
Probably 45 minutes.
When will the meeting be held?
Most people are home nights or weekends. Just need to plan it.
Can I get any of the financial details now?
Sure. Building fiber infrastructure in a neighborhood is a community effort. Some townships are even asking their residents to approve a millage to fund these sorts of projects. We don’t like taxes, nor do you. So we are building the network on a route-by-route basis and we are doing it more efficiently than anyone else. Building fiber infrastructure is very expensive. It also takes time. Since this is a community project, we need participation. We need to know that you are willing to become a customer. The best, most straightforward and transparent way to measure commitment is to ask for pre-pledges. Every penny that is pledged will be allocated to that persons account and will be applied as credits for installation and monthly Internet fees. Furthermore, there is a 50% matching grant available for every pledge. This will be discussed in detail at the meeting.
How fast is the Internet?
WMBB is offering 5 options: 10Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, and 250 Mbps. That’s fast. The slowest plan is probably much faster than you have now!
What is the installation and monthly cost?
We believe you will find the plans very respectable. The process of installation will be discussed at the meeting.
How can I get the ball rolling?
A: Call the office or fill out the “I’m Interested” Form at the link below. If you would like more brochures to help spread the word, we would appreciate the help and would move the process along. Help spread the word and lets get going.