Triangle Communications installing fiber-optics in Chester
By PAUL OVERLIE
Liberty County Times
Triangle Communications has been connecting the fiber-optic lines from Triangle’s local Chester office to individual homes and businesses along the Hi-Line for a while now. At the time of this writing Joplin and Gildford are pretty much done. Work in Chester is now in full swing as the update continues, but the work in Chester is scheduled to go on into the summer.
One of the reasons it will take several months is because of the nature of the final step in the cut-over. During the construction phase, which took place last summer, a contractor hired by Triangle had to go around to each home and business putting in fiber-optic lines to the outside of the building. Then Triangle’s Installers must connect those lines inside the building. Much of the work to bring the lines to the buildings has been done already, now crews must change over lines and equipment inside the various homes and businesses to finish the job.
“Every home and business in Chester has the fiber-optic lines to the building,” Triangle installer Tyson Kultgen said. “We have teams of installers working in Chester right now. Our teams are normally made up of two installers per team. We do about three installations per team per day.”
Kultgen noted that the time an installation takes varies quite a bit. They try to give enough time between installations so they can be at residences when they say they will be and not force people to sit at home and wait for the installation teams.
From Chester they will be working on the other towns serviced by Triangle Communications that had fiber plowed last summer. Other Hi-Line towns will be upgraded to fiber in the future.
So what is the big deal about the upgrade?
For those who do not use the internet, phone service will see improved clarity with virtually no static, even during storms. It will also help with trouble shooting issues.
But it is for those who use the internet where the biggest advantage will come!
Service will be better overall and troubleshooting will improve. But the biggest difference is speed!
“Basically internet users will see their current speeds increase without an increase in their bill,” Kultgen said. “You will definitely notice the improved speed.”
Triangle offers several speed options, from a basic of about 1 meg to double digits plus. Each of these levels above the basic service cost a little extra. With the new lines the basic will now be 3 megs. Each level up will double your speed. That means all packages will be faster.
For those who rely on fast internet service and are paying for a premium package, the new lines should limit problems with slow internet speeds. That has to be worth a lot in terms of less waiting time and reduced frustration.
At the Liberty County Times, where the lines were connected to fiber last week, the improvement is significant. While the office is working with older computers and this changes nothing with the businesses internal computer operation, the difference in large file uploads and downloads is nothing short of fantastic. What took several minutes just a couple of weeks ago is now done in seconds. Now the business needs to get computers that can match that internet speed and may upgrade their internet speed a couple of levels through Triangle once they do.
The Times doesn’t live on the “net”, but the business does have a web page and uploads page files for printing. The speed difference has reduced upload times so significantly that what used to take a half-hour or more is not done in minutes. It was also noted that large file e-mails come through much faster and wait times on incoming e-mails is virtually non-existent compared to before.
As a cooperative that owned by its members, Triangle Communications is very excited about the ability to provide this upgrade to its customers and hopes the communications customers it serves will be just as excited about the results. A representative from Triangle will be trying to contact businesses and people in Chester to schedule an appointment to get the cut-over donePosted: by OverlieP