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College basketball streaming: a cord cutter’s guide

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Watching college basketball online and over the air

The 2017 college basketball season is now here and watching as a cord cutter is easier than ever!

We’ve put together a helpful guide to watching college basketball without the high cost and long-term contracts of cable TV. Between over-the-air channels you can receive with an antenna to multiple online streaming services, including some free options, you won’t miss a thing.

Faster Internet service for the Franzese family

Guest writer

Michael Nepini joins us from McDaniel College where he’s double-majoring in Accounting Economics and Business Administration.

Internet service

Meet the Franzeses

The Franzeses came to us during Fallfest to tell us about how much they love their new Ting Internet service. They have been Ting customers since the day Ting came to their neighborhood in August of 2017. They use the Internet for a wide variety of activities, from gaming to streaming and programming. They love that everyone can use the Internet at the same time without their connection slowing down.

Why they switched

Nanci told us they switched because they were exasperated with their prior service provider. With their old service, they routinely experienced speeds almost as slow as dial-up. Frustrated, they called their service provider, hoping for a solution. Their service provider told them that they were actually getting a higher speed than they were supposed to, and that they were going to be slowed down even further. Nanci told them, “oh no you don’t, this is not going to happen, my whole house is going to explode. Just forget I called, and I’ll let you know Ting is coming to our neighborhood and we’re just going to switch!”

That’s precisely what they did.

A typical day of Internet usage

Nanci runs a daycare out of their home. She likes to share special moments with the children’s parents, so she posts lots of pictures of them and keeps updates of what’s going on. Her husband, Robert, is a programmer who’s also a computer technology professor at Carroll Community College. He uses the Internet every day to grade assignments and keep in touch with his students. He also does some programming as a side job, so fast Internet helps him keep up with his work. Nanci and Robert’s children enjoy playing online multiplayer games with their friends. They like to stream music and use the Internet to keep up with their schoolwork. The whole family likes to watch streaming movies together now, which is something they couldn’t do with their old Internet service.

“Ting Internet saved my family.”

Nanci told us that Ting Internet saved her family. Because their old service was so slow, Nanci’s children would change the password so she and Robert couldn’t get online. They would argue with their children to get the password, but as soon as they had it, another one would change it again. The constant struggle for bandwidth caused many arguments and frustration in their home. She said now her family is getting along much better since everyone can use the Internet at the same time.

Ting’s crazy fast fiber Internet helps the Franzeses keep up with their busy lives without dealing with all the annoyances of a slow Internet connection. They are able to use all the technology they want now that their Internet service can keep up.

The Westminster Oyster Stroll and winners of the Oyster Dish Design Challenge

Guest writer

Michael Nepini joins us from McDaniel College where he’s double-majoring in Accounting Economics and Business Administration.

Oyster Stroll

Westminster’s annual Oyster Stroll

This weekend, we set up a booth at the 2017 Westminster Oyster Stroll. It was a great day of music, food, and fun for the community. The Oyster Stroll was designed to raise awareness about Chesapeake farm-raised oysters and show how our local community is working to restore wild oysters back into the Bay.

All day Saturday, Main Street was filled with vendors serving oysters in a variety of different ways, from raw to steamed and even grilled. There were fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids could enjoy the free face painting and a story with crafts hosted by the Westminster library. Adults could enjoy the three bands playing music up and down Main Street, as well as various demonstrations about oyster shucking and conservation efforts.

The event served as a way to bring awareness to the important role oysters play in cleaning the Chesapeake. The Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland hosted a demonstration on oyster filtration in the water. Another group demonstrated how to make concrete reef balls that help reinforce oyster populations.

Bytelion in the Ting Makerspace

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Meet Bytelion

Makerspaces are physical embodiments of the principles of the Internet. What principles, you ask? We’re talking about self-reliance, community, experimentation and accessibility. Makerspaces are about dreaming up solutions and using high-tech tools, programs and gear to create something new.

Lots of people come through the Ting Makerspace in Westminster every day. We support all kinds of makers, like students from McDaniel College, the Cool Kids Coding Club and Bytelion, an innovative tech company that’s shaking things up right here in Carroll County.

A bit about Bytelion

Bytelion’s mission is to work with bold thinkers on creative, digital solutions. They build tech software and applications for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Clients come in with business concepts, idea and ways to enhance ideas and Bytelion helps them actualize their goals. If entrepreneurs, start ups and companies can dream it, Bytelion can build it.

Bytelion was launched by CEO Terrance MacGregor with the goal of pursuing his primary passion, software development and entrepreneurship. Today, they have offices in Washington, Baltimore and Hampstead, Maryland, just fifteen minutes away from the Ting Makerspace in Westminster.

How do you decide which ONT to use?

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Deciding which ONT to use

Want to get the attention of Ting’s VP of Internet, Adam Eisner? Ask him about our ONT.


An ONT (Optical Network Terminal) is your home’s main connection back to the fiber network. In most cases, it’s a gray box attached to the side of your home with a fiber line plugged in.

ONTs come in a number of configurations. “When we first launched Ting Internet, we used (what we could call) an all-in-one gateway,” says Eisner. “The fiber terminated into the box and that box was also responsible for broadcasting wireless Internet throughout a home of business.”

So why did we replace our original ONT? “We eventually moved away from that model, really because we found it wasn’t flexible enough for what people wanted to do with their Internet service.”

Ting wants you to be able to use your Internet however you want. It’s yours, after all.

“We view ourselves as a fat pipe of Internet that doesn’t really want to get in the way of the king of things the customer wants to use the Internet for.”

How to do a proper Internet speed test

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We’re going to show you how to perform a proper Internet speed test

Internet speeds can seem slow for a variety of reasons. Rogue programs using your bandwidth, poor Wi-Fi reception and other problems can make your Internet connection feel frustratingly slow.

Running a proper test will help you get started on diagnosing the problem.