PCMag recently profiled 15 small towns with fast Internet for remote workers. I am delighted to share that 13 of the towns are served by providers that we actively support to provide gigabit speeds. Interestingly, the regional and local communications service providers (CSPs) serving these communities go about it in a variety of ways. This list includes innovative CSPs of all types—from regional telcos with traditional models rooted in landline telephony, like ATMC, to non-traditional fiber innovators, like municipalities and electric cooperatives, such as BrightRidge, that have adapted their business models to deliver this critical service to their members.
Fast, reliable Internet connectivity has long been considered a utility akin to water and electricity, but over these last three months, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept everyone home and shined an even brighter spotlight on the universal need for broadband. Yet, despite all the progress that has been made, the digital divide remains a reality throughout the US—especially for those in rural communities. These two trends have been on a collision course for years, but regulators and media outlets alike are finally taking notice.
These forward looking providers have positioned their community to thrive through this ongoing shift to work-from-anywhere. As employees migrate out of bigger cities in search of affordable and safe communities, these towns allow them to perform their jobs supported by fast and reliable subscriber experiences. These local service providers are doing what needs to be done to take care of their communities, and Calix is right beside them with the advanced connectivity solutions to make it all work.
This impressive list of local providers is further proof that Calix is ideally positioned to advocate for rural communities in need of connectivity. With a national network of technology and integration partners along with a full set of resources and information for government initiatives like CAF and RDOF, we deliver everything rural CSPs need to ensure the digital vitality of the communities they serve.
So, this begs the question...how’s the broadband service in your town?