Fiber is a hot commodity right now

Fierce Telecom reports…

Companies that deploy fiber broadband networks are seeing increased demand for their services, as stay-at-home orders keep millions of Americans connected to family, work and school via internet.

“We’re seeing demand up significantly right now,” said Clay Branch, director of network development at C-Spire, speaking on a webinar presented by the Fiber Broadband Association. “Obviously, demand for residential internet is up.” C-Spire serves the state of Mississippi and offers gigabit speeds through fiber deployments in select areas. Branch describes this service as “one gigabit symmetrical service” because it provides gigabit speeds on the uplink as well as the downlink.

That means at least two things. First, it’s going to take longer to get fiber for upgrades. So order now! Second, more people are getting fiber which means a deepening of the digital divide as more people get faster connectivity.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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