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Why fiber? Also, how fast is fast enough?

When it comes to internet speed, Fiber is the gold standard. While copper (Cable and DSL) can provide impressive speed under perfect conditions, in Vermont much of the copper infrastructure is old and failing. Water can get in the pedestal and connection points and reduce the efficiency of the data delivery. Eventually all copper services will be outdated and dropped in favor of fiber. 

For internet speed and reliability, nothing compares to Fiber. Fiber can deliver synchronous speeds which means it’s as fast when sending data as it is when downloading data. 

For people who work from home Fiber can eliminate dropped connections and bad video conferencing calls. 

Netflix says you need 5 Mbps to stream full HD content and a data rate of 25 Mbps (megabits per second) for 4K Ultra HD content. However, you’ll want even faster speeds if you plan to connect several devices at once. The same holds true for other streaming services as well as for game-streaming services like Twitch. 

A family of four can probably do well with 100/100mb or 100 megabits up and 100 megabits down. If you have multiple 4k TVs or multiple people working from home a better connection might be required. You might do well to try 1 gigabit service if it is available. 

Fiber is the best internet service available and it’s coming soon! Stay tuned. 

The mission of Lamoille FiberNet Communications Union District is to make locally controlled, affordable and reliable high-speed internet service available to every address in our member towns – Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Elmore, Hyde Park, Johnson, Morristown, Stowe, Waterville and Wolcott — as soon as possible. For more info, go to http://www.LamoilleFiber.net. Contact director@lamoillefiber.net

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