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The future is now with Ntec

Ntec continues to face the challenges and costs of providing cutting edge technology to the rural communities we serve, and we are committed to that mission.

Today, Ntec is connecting our communities with the best possible technology available. One of these new strategies includes using Fiber To The Premises or FTTP. Started in the summer of 2012 Ntec began the placement of FTTP in the City of Durand. While Ntec has used fiber-optics for many years to support our primary network we are now bringing this incredibly high-bandwidth connection to our subscribers premise. This is a significant investment for Ntec but there will be no initial installation fees to customers.

FTTP is the use of fiber-optic cables run directly to the user’s home or business. Construction will involve the installation of fiber optic cables by Tjader and Highstrom with the direction of Finley Engineering. These cables are long, thin strands of pure glass about the diameter of a human hair, and carry voice and data signals by using laser-generated pulses of light from one end to another. Because these signals move at the speed of light, transmissions are very fast, and because light can travel great distances without the weakening of signal, it can travel great distances without errors. The Fiber-optics will allow customers to receive Landline Phone Service, Internet, Television and future offerings on just one strand.

Christy Berger, General Manager for Ntec, said, “We are excited to be able to bring our customers this next generation of communications technology. It’s all part of our continuing commitment to provide exceptional services. Fiber to the premises not only offers many advantages today, but it’s virtually unlimited bandwidth “future proofs” our network for other services that will become available tomorrow. The capabilities of fiber-optics far exceed those of copper wire and this is an investment in the future that we feel will bring value to our customers and our communities.”

One of the most striking FTTP advantages that customers will notice is the availability of faster Internet speeds which will make online tasks more efficient, such as downloading movies, uploading large pictures or files, watching streaming video, shopping, gaming and more. Also, in the future we will offer more HD, 3D and possibly Video-On-Demand services.

The completion of this project will put our customers at the forefront of communications. Residents and business owners can expect direct contact from Ntec in the near future with more information about this exciting technology.

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New Technology is on the Horizon FTTP Benefits

We’re installing a Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Network.
What does that mean for you?

Faster Internet speeds with competitive prices
FTTP will give our association the ability to offer much faster Internet speeds than what are currently available. Our new Internet access will not only be faster, but it will also be competitively priced. The speeds available using FTTP will be perfect for playing online games, watching videos, or any activity requiring a great deal of bandwidth.

New video services
The new FTTP technology will give the ability to offer new services to our customers as they become available.

The same local service and support your deserve
The technology we use to deliver services will be different, but the friendly local service you’re used to receiving will remain the same.

An important tool for economic development

Many companies consider fiber networks a necessity when considering a move to a community. Our new FTTP network will help ensure Ntec is ready to take advantage of future economic development opportunities.

New Technology is on the Horizon FTTP FAQs

What is FTTP?
FTTP stands for Fiber-to-the-Premises. This means a fiber optic line is hooked directly to your home or business. Fiber optic line uses a thin strand of glass to transmit beams of light that carry an amazing amount of data. It’s this data we’ll use to deliver high-speed Internet, plus video and telephone services.

What are the benefits of the FTTP network?
To offer faster Internet access at competitive prices, more video services, and position Ntec to take advantage of future economic development opportunities.

Why are you building the FTTP network?
Our current copper plant is becoming obsolete. We need FTTP to offer the services and pricing our customers deserve and expect. The new technology will allow us to not only offer today’s telecommunication services, but those that become available in the future.

Will everyone be connected to the FTTP Network?
Our current plan is to connect all of our customers. Existing copper technology will be used to provide services until the fiber network is installed in your area.

What will the upload and download speed be for the FTTP network?
We will advertise speeds and pricing but custom circuits will be available to meet any speed requirement you may have.

Will it cost anything to have FTTP installed at our home or business?
There will be no cost to our customers for the installation of FTTP.

Will I need to purchase a new telephone, computer or television?
No. All of your current equipment will work in conjunction with FTTP.

How do I sign up for the new services offered by the FTTP network?
We will contact all customers during the installation phase to make arrangements to connect your home or business to the network. During this time, you can let us know if you’d like the advanced features available with FTTP. You can also notify us by contacting our business office to sign-up for service at any time.

When will construction begin? When will the FTTP be complete?
We began construction during the summer of 2012 and plan to continue the fiber network installation until complete in 2015.

When will you be in my neighborhood?
The pace of the project will depend on the weather and many other factors.

Will Ntec employees need to enter my home?

Yes. For the last phase of the project an employee will need to enter your home to complete the installation for the FTTP network.

What equipment is needed in my home to be connected to the FTTP network?

We will install a Network Optical Device (NOD) on your home. A battery backup device may be installed in some situations. The will need access to an electrical outlet, which will act as its power source. The amount of electricity used is extremely small.

Who will install the FTTP network?
The construction phase of the project will be performed by Tjader and Highstrom under the direction of Finley Engineering. Ntec employees will assist in the installation process at your premise.

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