Second broadband cable line has activated in Humboldt

Second broadband cable line has activated in Humboldt

Not all Internet users automatically have redundancy Local officials are excited about a new redundant fiber optic cable line that was activated last week, but it turns out not all Internet service providers in the region have automatic access to the line. Last week’s activation means Humboldt County is now home to two fiber optic cable lines, thanks to a partnership of multiple agencies that began building a second 131 mile long line along State Route 36 in July. Internet service provider 101 Netlink is already accessing the line in addition to an Internet connection it already had, resulting in uninterrupted Internet connectivity known as redundancy for its customers. Highway 101 as the area’s only means of broadband Internet access since 2003. Wendy Purnell, director of operations for Suddenlink in Eureka, said her company plans to begin moving Internet traffic across the new route in January. She said redundancy will allow for the cable company to provide better services to its customers. “A second route for Internet and video traffic in and out of the communities we serve (will) further enhance the reliability of our services and give us additional capacity to launch even faster Internet speeds and additional high definition TV channels,” Purnell said in an email statement. While 101 Netlink and Suddenlink will have redundancy meaning they have a backup line in case one of the fiber optic cables loses power it’s unclear if other Internet providers in the region have a similar safety net. Representatives from the San Francisco based IP Networks Inc., which facilitated the installation of the new fiber optic cable, could not be reached for comment. Representatives with AT media office in California similarly could not be reached by deadline. Seth Johannesen, network manager for local Internet service provider 101 Netlink, said the line is open to anyone who can afford to lease space on it and that additional lease agreements will likely unfold in time. “Whoever wants to connect or back haul their traffic on the secondary line can,” Johannesen said. However, he said it’s not cheap to have redundancy and rent space on two different fiber optic lines. He said some companies might just lease space on one line or utilize a different type of line in order to have redundancy. For his company, Johannesen said, he has a provider in Ukiah that utilizes microwave signals to send data in addition to the fiber optic connection. He said customers who are worried about whether they have redundancy should call their individual service providers to learn more about their specific systems. “Check with your service provider to verify they have alternate routes to the Internet,” Johannesen said. The demand for fiber optic lines has increased over http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ the years as people want faster, more reliable Internet connections, more capacity to download information and the ability to cheap jerseys power multiple broadband devices at once from their homes or businesses. Johannesen said fiber is becoming increasingly important because it’s the gateway through which digital information is transported over long distances. “Fiber is like a freeway to transport media,” Johannesen said. “The Highway 36 fiber is like another highway.” Fiber optic lines are basically thin strands of optically pure glass that are bundled together into one cable and encased in a plastic jacket. Optical fibers can carry more information than a standard copper wire system because they’re thinner, and more fibers can be placed in one cable. Sean McLaughlin, executive director of Access Humboldt, said fiber lines also have much more capacity and signals don’t degrade in fiber lines like they do in copper ones. “The capacity of that fiber is much greater than a microwave system,” McLaughlin said. He said installing fiber optic lines is a good way to ensure there will be space for more users to access the Internet in the near future.

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