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Ting Works and Holly Springs High School’s Robotics program

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Showcasing our community initiatives and involvement across our Ting Towns.

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Holly Springs High School’s Robotics program

Engaging students in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) subjects goes beyond the classroom. Organizations, administrators, teachers and student leaders are coming up with new and exciting ways to help youth acquire life-changing interests and skills that will help them build work readiness.

At Holly Springs High School, the Hawktimus Prime Robotics Team does just that. This local student team designs and builds new robots every year to enter into state and national robotics competitions.

We got the chance to catch up with Andrew Pratt, the team’s 2017-2018 Sponsorship Captain, and chat a bit about the program’s history, their involvement in FIRST competitions (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and their sponsorship from Ting Internet.

Cord cutting tips on turning your TV into a music-playing centerpiece

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Cord cutting for music fans

Spring is almost here and for many, that means gearing up for graduation parties and family cook-outs. Music is a major part of every party, so what better way to enjoy it than by turning your huge TV into a musical entertainment centerpiece?

Forget the so-called music channels on cable TV. If you’re cord cutting, there are several great music services suitable for your TV. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started.

Your Internet speed wired in compared to Wi-Fi

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Comparing wired-in Internet speed to Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi was a total game-changer; no longer was the Internet connection confined to the desk or the reach of an Ethernet cable. Now, whether you’re at home, work or in the local coffee shop, when you access the Internet, chances are good you’re doing so wirelessly.

While the benefits of Wi-Fi are obvious, it has its limitations. The biggest trade-off is Internet speed. If you’re on a gigabit connection, you cannot take full advantage of all the bandwidth that’s available to you on a single Wi-Fi device. The real power of gigabit comes when you have multiple Wi-Fi devices connected to the network with no slowdown whatsoever. That said, for the absolute fastest speeds on a single device (and especially if you’re conducting a speed test to see your maximum throughput) you’ll want to go wired.

If you’ve ever conducted an Internet speed test of your home Wi-Fi and compared it to a wired connection, you’ve seen the difference first-hand. Here’s what’s going on.

Why does Ting charge a one-time pre-order?

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Why it costs $9 to pre-order Ting Internet

$9 isn’t a lot of money by most accounts. Still, if someone is asking you to fork over $9, you may, quite reasonably, have a couple questions as to why and what you’re getting in return. Let’s break it down.

fiberWe’re looking at pre-orders as “votes” for a particular neighborhood or part of town. Building crazy fast fiber Internet networks isn’t cheap and it isn’t easy. Obviously, an individual contributing $9 isn’t going to have any real financial impact on the build. That is to say, it’s not so much about the money as it is about getting skin in the game, so to speak.

Building the infrastructure needed to get a neighborhood connected then connecting whole streets and individual houses with fiber to the home doesn’t happen overnight. There’s a lot of work and initial investment involved. There are certain thresholds of interest that need to be met before the effort makes sense.

Meet Garry Duhamel, Ting Sandpoint’s Fiber Deployment Manager

Garry Duhamel

Meet Garry Duhamel, Ting Sandpoint’s Fiber Deployment Manager

Garry Duhamel, also known as Duey, is our Fiber Deployment Manager for Ting Internet in Sandpoint. What does that mean? He’s been working tirelessly to bring fiber to Sandpoint. Garry Duhamel

Garry has been setting up our warehouse and Central Office, a center that holds all of our head-end equipment and servers. He’s been instrumental in getting everything ready for Phase 1 of our fiber build in Sandpoint, starting spring 2018.

We’re always looking for smart, passionate people to make the Ting team even better as we bring crazy fast fiber Internet to town.

Garry joins Ting with a wealth of industry knowledge and over 25 years’ experience in communications. Garry and his wife are recent arrivals in Sandpoint and describe their new hometown as simply awesome.

Meet Ting Sandpoint Marketing Specialist, Autumn Whitley

Autumn Whitley

Meet Autumn Whitley

Autumn WhitleyMeet Ting’s Marketing Specialist for Sandpoint, Autumn Whitley. Autumn will be the creative mind behind Ting events in Sandpoint as well as sponsorships and partnerships within the community.

Autumn will be available to chat about Ting fiber Internet at our local events. You’ll be able to find her at the Ting tent! Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our Twitter and Facebook to see which local events we’ll be attending and participating in.

“I love being a member of the community.”

Growing up, Autumn’s family traveled throughout the United States while she trained as a gymnast. Once the family visited Sandpoint, they decided to make the town their new home.

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue her studies, Autumn chose to return to her hometown. She’s struck with the generous spirit of the Sandpoint community, as well as the kindness of others.