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What Can You Do with One Gig?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

As consumers, much of your daily life requires and depends on a reliable connection to the internet. You use it for email, shopping, banking, streaming, research, entertainment and much more. Most don’t know the ins and outs of how this ever-changing technology works, but you know you need it. And you need it to be FAST.

There’s been a lot of hype about One-Gig speeds. But what is gig, and what can gigabit internet do for you?

One-Gig Internet literally means that you are downloading 1,000,000,000 bits per second or 1,000 megabits per second. That’s 100 times faster than the average internet speed in the United States. One-Gig speeds run on a fiber-optic line, which is capable of much higher speeds than the traditional copper lines of most DSL and cable connections.

These fiber-optic lines are the reason that One-Gig speeds aren’t widely available today: most internet service providers have to place new fiber-optic lines to offer the speed. Fiber internet offers many benefits, including transmitting a larger amount of data faster and over greater distances and having symmetrical download and upload speeds.

Now that we know that One Gig is lightning-fast and has superior technology, let’s take a look at how unlimited high-speed internet can benefit you. The chart below provides a comparison of different speeds and download times, via FastMetrics:

Quite the difference, right? Imagine that you’re sitting down with the family to watch a movie, only to find out you have to wait 72 minutes for it to download. Twenty-five seconds sounds a lot better! That’s less time than it takes to make microwave popcorn!

What’s the downside to One-Gig Internet? Do a quick search and you’ll find that the biggest drawback is the lack of availability in the United States. But, providers, including Windstream, are working hard to add fiber-optics, and neighborhoods and cities are beginning to see the benefits.

Windstream is committed to providing our customers with the most advanced products and services. One-Gig Internet is already available in several markets within our footprint, and our technicians are working diligently to add fiber-optics to more areas every day. We do this because our Windstream Internet customers demand faster speeds and a more reliable network.

Visit our Kinetic Gig page to find out more about what we can do for you and if your area is eligible for One-Gig speeds.