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Small businesses can do more with fiber Internet

charlottesville small businessesSoundwave Consulting is a digital marketing and advertising company located in the heart of Charlottesville, VA, on the Downtown Mall. Soundwave got its start in 2015 when President and Founder Justin Pietro decided it was time to open his own business.

“Before this, I played and produced music. After college, I was working in a warehouse and doing music on the side.”

Justin had an accident on the job which injured his ankle and required multiple surgeries to get him back on his feet. That meant a lot of downtime and time to spend online.

“I started marketing and advertising for myself and, over the course of time, there were a couple of bands I started to help out with. Eventually, I linked up with Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer, two of the founders of Easy Star Records, and things just snowballed from there.”

Streaming services can save cord-cutting schools money

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Streaming services for the classroom

streaming servicesWhat do you think about saving tax-payer dollars by bringing streaming services to the classroom? Cord cutting has been skyrocketing in popularity as recent studies have found cord cutting can save the consumer over $1,000 a year. Now, what about schools? Can they too benefit from cord cutting? As budgets become tight, many schools are considering cutting their TV bills. However, they are still looking for ways to bring video into the classroom as a teaching tool.

The problem is most streaming services don’t include legal rights to stream their content into a classroom. Technically, showing Netflix or Sling TV in a classroom breaks the terms of service as it does not include an additional fee for a public display license. Streaming Netflix or Sling TV content into classrooms will raise the risk of future legal action.

You’ll be glad to learn that there are several streaming services, both free and subscription-based, that can help make learning more fun. Let’s look at a few of our favorite options built especially with classroom learning in mind.

A few fiber optic cable networking terms

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Mystified by fiber optic cable terminology?

fiber optic cableWe try our best to avoid industry jargon. There are certain concepts, though, where jargon is the only concise way to say a thing. “Fiber blowing,” for example, beats “shoot air down a tube to reduce friction such that a fiber optic cable can be pushed as opposed to pulled through the conduit, lessening the risk of damage.”

We’ll continue to avoid jargon. That said, if your interest in the building out of a fiber network goes beyond “when will it be in my neighborhood?” there are a few terms and concepts it would be beneficial to understand.

The Charlottesville fiber network upgrade continues in Fry’s Spring

In our Charlottesville progress reports, we offer as much information as we possibly can on the fiber network build process. We’ll also talk about Ting events, promotions and some of the work we’re doing in the Charlottesville community. Check back regularly to keep up to date on the latest.

In our last update, we provided a detailed FAQ about the current status of the Cville network. If you have any questions about network progress, take a quick look. We also checked in on the ongoing effort required to “overbuild,” bringing more network capacity to neighborhoods where some fiber was already available. We detailed the construction work happening in Redfields, Fontana and Fry’s Spring.

Our guide to the best streaming TV services for traveling

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Summer is officially here and for many, that means traveling. Whether that is to a beach house, camping, or a week at the cottage, the good news is you can take your streaming with you. If you’ve been looking for the best streaming TV on the Internet, this guide’s for you.

I often travel for work and rather than hoping the hotel has a good TV lineup, I take a streaming player with me to watch my favorite shows on the road.

That raises the question, which of the many live TV streaming services is best for travelers? Well, the truth is, what’s right for me may not be right for you. We’ll break down each service’s rules and let you pick and choose the ones you like.

The best streaming TV service for traveling is…

Refer your neighbors and friends to Ting

Refer your neighbors and friends

Refer your neighbors and friends

Loving crazy fast fiber Internet so far? Why not tell your friends, family and neighbors?

When you refer your family, neighbors and friends to Ting, you can score free service. If having better Internet access at home has helped your family, now’s the time to shout it from the rooftops.

Tell your story

neighbors and friendsYou can share your Ting story on social media, on your personal blog or by word of mouth. Let people know how better Internet has changed things for you.

Maybe everyone in your house used to fight over the bandwidth and since Ting, they don’t anymore. Or maybe you’re noticing there’s no slowdown at night anymore when everyone on the network is at home trying to stream their favorite shows and movies.

Whatever the reason, if you’re loving Ting, you can get free service when you refer your neighbors and friends.