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Why is fiber optic Internet important infrastructure for America?

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Whether a member of the Ting team or the mayor of a Ting town, we put your questions in front of smart people.

Why is fiber optic Internet important infrastructure for America?

The Internet. A series of tubes.

What if we told you these tubes are as important as the roads you drive on. Or the railway system. Or whatever Elon Musk is working on next. “But I don’t even commute,” you say. That may be true. But you definitely tele-commute. There’s no avoiding it.

Will Ting be expanding its Internet service to a broader audience?

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Does Ting plan to expand its Internet service?

A question we’re asked a lot is, “when are you coming to my town/city/state/country?”

The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is a little complicated. Believe us when we say we’d like to be everywhere, right now, offering our unlimited, symmetrical, crazy fast fiber Internet service to one and all. However, with every state, city and municipality comes its own set of challenges and rules.

Thoughts on fiber to the home vs wireless links

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Fiber to the home or wireless links?

You may have heard of a certain giant in the tech space pivoting away from physical fiber to a solution involving fiber-caliber Internet beamed directly into customer’s homes. If that sounds too good to be true, it may just be.


Adam Eisner, VP of Internet, explains that while Ting is keeping a close eye on wireless link technology, we still believe fixed fiber (the kind we put in the ground) will ultimately provide customers with the most consistent, high-speed experience.

Or to put it another way, think about how difficult it is to get Wi-Fi in a basement. Now add a major city into the equation.

Will there ever be more competition in home Internet service?

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Will there be more home Internet service competition in the near future?

The great R. Kelly once said, “The greatest competition is, well, me.” Who knows what he’s talking about, but we can assure you Ting doesn’t think this way. I mean, if we did, there’d be no Ting Internet.


Monica Webb, Ting Internet’s Government Relations, points out that there’s a hunger for better Internet in America. However, many municipalities aren’t being served by the incumbents, and as a result are looking to private providers, like Ting, for help building out faster networks.

And if those efforts are being thwarted by legacy providers, you can step in and help by writing, emailing or calling your elected officials at the state level.

Together, we can fly like fiber Internet eagles… into the future.

What can gigabit Internet do for your city?

Ting Internet has been proudly sponsoring Charlottesville’s Tom Tom Founders Festival since we first arrived in town. This year, our CEO Elliot Noss, was invited to speak on a panel discussing what fiber Internet can do for a city. Joining him is Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, the city to watch for how the best Internet access improves cities; Sheila Dugan of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University and Aimee Meacham of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The panel discussion was moderated by Deb Socia of Next Century Cities.

It’s a lively discussion that covers everything from public/private partnerships to over-the-air Internet.

Apologies for the audio quality. This panel discussion took place in a room where a loud air conditioner was competing for everyone’s attention. We eliminated the noise as much as we could.

This was not our first time speaking with Deb Socia. Check out our interview with her from two years ago at the fiber lighting ceremony in Westminster, MD.

Comparing Internet speeds around the globe

Comparing Internet speeds

Internet speeds around the globe

Need super-fast Internet to download those gigabytes of puppy pictures you’ve been waiting for? Assuming you’re not in a Ting Internet town, you might want to take a trip to South Korea where the Internet’s fastest. At least, that’s what the latest edition of Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet briefing says. This report was recently released for Q2 2016; Akamai measures the average Internet speeds in countries around the world every 3 months.

How does the Internet in your neck of the woods stack up? Just keep reading.