MONTEZUMA, Iowa -- Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, today announced the completion of a major broadband upgrade for parts of south Poweshiek and north Mahaska counties served by the company's cable TV network. About 1,700 homes in Montezuma, Deep River and Barnes City now have access to 300 megabits per second (Mbps) high-speed Kinetic Internet.
At an investment of roughly $75,000, this boost to rural broadband demonstrates Windstream's continued commitment to improving speeds in the markets it serves.
"Windstream is proud to raise the maximum Internet speeds available in Montezuma, Barnes City and Deep River, and what we've seen is homes that subscribe to higher Kinetic bandwidth fill it out with new technologies like video doorbells for security, smart lighting that can cut electric bills and virtual reality headsets for gaming experiences that are workouts, too," said Brad Hedrick, president of Windstream operations in Iowa.
Residents are now positioned for next-generation Digital Age connectivity, which includes the capacity for high-bandwidth consumption across multiple devices. According to a forecast from Cisco, the average U.S. home may contain as many as 13 connected devices by 2021. With 300 Mbps Kinetic Internet, a family can download songs in as little as two seconds, download HD movies in minutes or stream shows in HD in different rooms.
To mark the Internet speed upgrades, the Kinetic team is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 108 N. 4thSt. in Montezuma. Customers may stop in to discuss new devices, services and technologies, consider their connection opportunities, and enjoy complimentary refreshments provided by Windstream.
There are more than 550 Windstream employees in Iowa.
"Windstream is deploying a variety of improvements in Iowa, from fixed wireless connections and fiber trunk lines to software enhancements, to meet our rural customer base where they live," Hedrick said.
It would cost about $70 billion over 10 years to bring all-fiber fixed-access broadband to rural and small-town America, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers in this month's exclusive BBWN column. The ROI? Priceless.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
The cable industry took a major step in the battle for Gigabit broadband supremacy with the announcement of its 10G Platform vision. The key to realizing this vision hinges on leveraging the right access technologies and network architectures to provide the best balance of benefit versus cost.
One network path has the MSO embracing Next-Generation Hybrid Fiber Coax (NG HFC), which includes:
Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
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Fiber-to-the-Home/Business (FTTH/B) is another network option, affording gigabit broadband scalability and 10Gbps service capability. How is an MSO to decide where which option works best and what to do now to prepare its networks for the onslaught of high-bandwidth residential and business applications?
During this webinar, Jack Burton, principal of Broadband Success Partners, outlines current and new access network architectures. Additionally, he will examine the facts and debunk some common misconceptions surrounding both fiber and NG HFC network deployment and maintenance.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
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