Connecting America, One Community at a Time
Adtran is on a mission to help bring reliable, fiber-based networks and Internet connectivity to underserved areas around the country.
If you fly into the Huntsville, Ala., airport, you can now experience Wi-Fi that works really well. Likewise if you visit Monroe County public schools while you're there. In both cases, the good wireless experiences comes via Adtran's managed Wi-Fi service, ProCloud Wi-Fi. As these two examples show, Adtran's strategy of providing technology to private telephone companies and operators has effectuated change across the country. Adtran technology empowers these companies with the ability to provide services in more than 200 communities across the nation in an affordable, quick, and effective way.
At a summit earlier this year, Adtran delivered its fiber story to me and about 300 other attendees, explaining how to move up the product line by adding more bandwidth and how to size configurations. The volume of traffic being served is incredible, and we heard a couple of interesting factoids. The first is that 85% of all traffic remains within a metro area. Another is that Netflix and YouTube accounts for approximately 50% of all traffic regardless of city or state.
I'm a strong advocate for delivery of fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-business services, so it is humbling to see what an impact these fiber initiatives have had on communities. Reliable and sustainable bandwidth is needed, and many, many areas will benefit as Adtran and its partners continue their work.
With so many private service providers already using Adtran fiber solutions, thousands of residential and business customers can reliably connect to the Internet on a daily basis. These communities are realizing benefits such as:
- Corporate economic development opportunities (keeping business in the area that might otherwise move)
- Connected and personalized learning for school districts
- Increased home values and overall appeal for potential residents
- Reliability for telecommuters
- Enhanced healthcare experiences due to faster test results and collaboration among doctors
In the past, rural areas have suffered declining populations with some towns even feeling the need to offer free and reduced property to those coming in and settling down. Mass moves to cities and heavily populated metro areas create more vehicular traffic and social issues. The ability to use the Internet competitively by anyone, anywhere, and at anytime will give rise to more positive shifts socially.
Building a network across America one community at a time does bring change and positive results; Adtran's efforts are inspiring. Reliable and sustainable bandwidth is becoming a reality, even for underserved communities throughout the country.