Archive for October 2014
ValuNet Is Rolling Out The Fiber!
ValuNet is working towards north Prairie St from 15th Avenue all the way to the I-35 bypass. There is a lot of work involved in getting fiber to every neighborhood. Fiber fast internet and crystal clear HDTV will be available in this are around the end of the year. What a great Christmas present! See the interactive map to look at the new area. Please click on the image below to see enlarged coverage map.
New Areas Coming in 2015
ValuNet is working towards north Prairie St from 15th Avenue all the way to the I-35 bypass. There is a lot of work involved in getting our fiber pulled into these areas and building our network. Fiber fast internet and crystal clear HDTV will be available in this are around the end of the year. What a great Christmas present! See the interactive map to look at the new area.
What is FTTH (Fiber to the Home)?
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Fiber to the home (FTTH) is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the operator’s switching equipment all the way to a home or business, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires and coaxial cable. Fiber to the home is a relatively new and fast growing method of providing vastly higher bandwidth to consumers and businesses, and thereby enabling more robust video, internet and voice services.
Connecting homes directly to fiber optic cable enables enormous improvements in the bandwidth that can be provided to consumers. Current fiber optic technology can provide two-way transmission speeds of up to 1000 megabits per second. Further, as cable modem and DSL providers are struggling to squeeze increments of higher bandwidth out of their technologies, ongoing improvements in fiber optic equipment are constantly increasing available bandwidth without having to change the fiber. That’s why fiber networks are said to be “future proof.”
It’s that special time of year…Solar Interruptions!
If you are experiencing brief degradation or loss of TV signal for a few minutes in the evening, the explanation below from Wikipedia may help you understand what is going on. This phenomenon affects all TV providers due to the fact that most television programming is distributed via satellite to transmit their signal at some point. According to the forecasts, sun fade may occur from October 5th to October 10th.
Learn more about Sun Outage from Wikipedia.org
A sun outage, sun transit or sun fade is an interruption in or distortion of geostationary satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The effect is due to the sun’s radiation overwhelming the satellite signal.
In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the March equinox (February, March) and after the September equinox (September and October), and in the southern hemisphere the outages occur after the March equinox and before the September equinox. At these times, the apparent path of the sun across the sky takes it directly behind the line of sight between an earth station and a satellite. The sun radiates strongly across the entire spectrum, including the microwave frequencies used to communicate with satellites (C-band, Ku band, and Ka band), so the sun swamps the signal from the satellite. The effects of a sun outage range from partial degradation (increase in the error rate) to total destruction of the signal. The effect sweeps from north to south from approximately 20 February to 20 April, and from south to north from approximately 20 August to 20 October, affecting any specific location for less than 12 minutes a day for a few consecutive days.