Fiber to Home
Golden Belt Telephone has taken pride in providing state-of-the-art communications services to its patrons since the company was formed over 50 years ago. Traditionally most of the services have been provided over copper wire or coax. While the advancements of those types of services have been numerous and cutting edge, customers are demanding more bandwidth than those technologies can handle. In addition to that, the copper and coax wiring is aging and needs to be replaced. Because GBT believes in bringing the latest and newest technologies to its customers, the company has built a secure fiber backbone to all of its exchanges.
What is fiber? Fiber is a method of transmitting information from one place to another using high purity hair-thin glass. The bandwidth capacity of fiber-optic cable is much greater than conventional copper wire. The increased capacity will allow GBT customers to experience advanced services and to transmit large amounts of information at a high rate of speed.
What kinds of applications are demanding such high levels of bandwidth? YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Wal-Mart, ITunes, Skype, Twitter, Video-on-Demand, Slingbox, Hulu, Scitter, Online Gaming, and High-Definition Television are just a few of the many companies driving this next generation of broadband. Consumer electronics are coming up with devices that connect televisions to the Internet. High-Definition video is fast becoming consumer’s choice of programming, and one HD movie takes up as much bandwidth as 35,000 web pages. To put this in a better perspective, the typical speed of a GBT customer's internet is 1.5 Mbps, and to stream one HD channel to your residence takes approximately 16-18 Mbps. YouTube, the largest sharer of online video today, guzzles more bandwidth than the entire United States used in the year 2000.
GBT employees truly believe fiber will let small town residents have more say over what services they want, what programs and movies they can watch, and what specific broadband capabilities their businesses, schools, clubs, and organizations will utilize.