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Mediacom Business was the premier sponsor of the second annual 2014 Connect Iowa Broadband Summit, which united community leaders, state and local government officials, and professionals from the education, agriculture, and healthcare sectors from across the state to discuss the expansion, adoption and use of broadband in Iowa.
This event also provided an opportunity for attendees to observe the impact that programs like Connect Iowa, Connect American Fund, and Digital Job Creation have made in creating partnerships that ensure Iowanians meet the growing expectations of a connected lifestyle and not be left on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Amy Kuhler, Program Manager for Connect Iowa, welcomed the excited crowd and pointed attention to this year’s themes: public safety needs, federal initiatives, digital job creation, and innovative uses in agriculture and healthcare. Kuhler also stressed that one of the goals at this year’s summit would be to not just simply quote figures but rather educate those in attendance about some of broadband’s most relevant innovations.
Staying consistent with Connect Iowa’s theme, Creating Better Economic and Life Opportunities by Expanding Access, Adoption, and Use of Broadband, Keynote speaker Mark Lewellen, Manager of Spectrum Advocacy at John Deere, spoke directly to the importance of a pervasive broadband infrastructure powered by providers such as Mediacom Business, which allows Iowa’s agriculture industry to compete in a global digital economy.
SVP of Mediacom Business, Dan Templin spoke on a panel addressing community-enabled broadband expansion. Alongside key Iowa communities such as the City of Grimes, Pella and Bettendorf, city leaders spoke about how they are helping to encourage broadband infrastructure expansion. From creating partnerships and leveraging existing infrastructure, to solving issues in underserved areas, attendees learned how community leaders are working with broadband providers to help identify and fill service needs.
Templin spoke at length about Mediacom Business’ relationship with the City of Grimes and building fiber to key areas of development in this fast growing city. Keeping an open dialogue with the City of Grimes allows for this type of expansion that furthers economic development and pushes broadband further in rural America that is critical in order for businesses to compete on a national level.
There was also much discussion about the use of broadband in the healthcare industry, in addition to current legislation initiatives. Watch the live stream from the 2014 Connect Iowa Broadband Summit to see how Mediacom Business, Connect Iowa, local agencies, and community leaders plan to move from conversation to action.
Results from the latest FCC speed test are in, and for the third year in a row, Mediacom's Internet service consistently outperformed DSL
Mediacom is proud to take its place among the leaders in the telecommunications industry, and has an unflinching commitment to create best-in-class services to its customers.
In fact, the FCC has ranked Mediacom among the top four wireline ISPs nationally.
This 2014 Measuring Broadband America Report on Fixed Broadband contains the most recent data collected from ISPs as part of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program.
The FCC found that customers subscribing to Mediacom’s Internet service during peak hours were, on average, actually receiving 107% of advertised speeds.
This program is an ongoing, rigorous, nationwide study of consumer broadband performance in the United States. It measures the network performance delivered to a representative set of the population and service tier demographics across the country. The Report focuses on four ISP delivery technologies—DSL, cable, fiber, and satellite – and examines offerings from 14 of the largest broadband providers, which collectively account for over 80 percent of U.S. residential broadband connections.
According to the agency’s findings, DSL consistently underperformed and achieved less than advertised speeds.
The report’s sample population is drawn from thousands of volunteers. The thousands of American consumers who volunteered their time to help improve a federal agency's intent on measuring broadband speeds – with an eye towards improving the overall broadband experience for all subscribers – is telling of the fervor and commitment to the digital experience upon which we all rely on a daily basis.
This is the fourth report published by the FCC, in efforts to fulfill the agency’s goal of continuing to evolve the speeds and quality of service at which broadband access is commonly available to the American public.
The FCC is encouraged that many stakeholders have found this ongoing measurement study valuable, and that certain ISPs have adopted the methodology, developed their own internal broadband performance testing programs, and made improvements to their ongoing disclosures to consumers.
Municipalities and the Broadband Networks to Power Them
It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without the internet. For some of us, we do remember a time when we couldn’t access information in minutes or waited for the dial up tone to complete before we could get connected. Our new digital age has provided us the means to better communicate with others and has created more efficient productivity.
Businesses rely on technology to reach both customers and partners, enabling employees to work both in-house and remotely, and allowing for usage of next-level business applications to run faster and do more. But while many urban communities have access to all levels of internet speeds, some rural ones may not have the same luxury.
Municipalities and Broadband
Municipalities, urban administrative divisions of self-governing jurisdictions, are usually located on the outskirts of larger populations. These municipalities, because of their locations, may not be able to access the level of broadband that drives growth and progress. Lack of reliable internet access can be detrimental to attracting businesses, and residents for that matter, reducing the ability for economic development to flourish. Generations Y & Z expect to be connected, they grew up on the internet – so in an effort to help recruit businesses, cities need to attract and retain young professionals for the community to grow. Broadband is a key way to appeal to younger generations who want these high capacity speeds and are used to daily integration with technology.
Data from the National Broadband Map show that rural areas do have access to broadband, however their speeds have been shown to be 30 times slower than the national average. 75% of rural areas have access to connections of at least 10 Mbps versus 98% of those in urban areas, while only 61% of rural areas have access to 25 Mbps speeds compared to 94% of urban areas.
In terms of internet providers that are available, only a small percentage of rural areas have access to at least three providers versus the diversity of the urban population.
Helping Towns All Over the Country to Become Fiber Cities
How can rural areas advance the way their urban counterparts are? The simple way is to provide them with the same access to high-speed internet, with the same speeds – or better – in order to be more agile, productive, and efficient. Broadband access makes the world a much smaller place, leveling the playing field for competition because it eliminates geographic boundaries. That’s why Mediacom Business has made the investment in the rural communities that we serve to bring the same level of internet access that one would expect in the largest of metropolitan areas. Our fiber-optic broadband infrastructure capable of internet speeds of 10 Gigabit and beyond is the same technology found in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. And with our most recent announcement that Mediacom’s broader plan is to invest $1 billion over the next 3 years to, among other projects, upgrade and expand its national broadband network – this means our broadband network will be further deep rooted into our rural communities that span 22 states.
This commitment to our communities has had a positive economic impact, especially in key verticals like healthcare, education and finance. As these community anchors venture into advanced platforms like telemedicine or e-learning curriculum – it enables residents to stay local and consume local versus traveling hours to a larger city. Within the state of Iowa, our fiber optic network leverages Gigabit+ level broadband to 323 communities, making Iowa the first Gigabit state in the nation. Our rural communities and municipalities now have the access to high-speed broadband that they may not have had with other providers who were not willing to make the investment.
Providing municipalities with this level of high-speed internet transforms businesses and their communities into progressive hubs of economic developments. The City of Grimes in Iowa, one of the fastest growing areas in the Des Moines Metro, understands how essential fiber-optic broadband is to any developing community. They strive to work with Mediacom Business and like providers to put the infrastructure in place to drive growth into the community. Businesses want to be in communities where the quality of life is high so they can attract quality employees. The Mid-West has become a hot bed for incubator spaces so startups can flourish and the region can be known for more than just cornfields – that success and sustainability comes from having adequate broadband access.
Move over Silicon Valley, the Silicon Prairie is making its way on the digital scene. No longer seen as a fly over area, cities like Des Moines are playing a part in the technological revolution in this country. One of the ways to level that playing field of competition is broadband. You can’t innovate without having the necessary bandwidth to power technology. New technology ideas are only as strong as the broadband behind them.
The co-founder of AOL, Steve Case, is pushing for this kind of development in the heart of America, acknowledging that these cities can be the center for innovation with the help of successful startups and tech ventures. Incubator spaces are popping up all over the Midwest as a hub for new ideas and emerging technologies.
Last year Mediacom embarked on a 3-year, $1 billion plan to, among other projects, upgrade and expand our national fiber network. It’s these types of investments that are going to put a spotlight on places like Des Moines as a very competitive place to land a business. Cities will be able to offer startups and the like, the type of broadband capacity that those in large metropolitan areas have simply come to expect. Rural America now has the tools to play in that space.
Mediacom Business has worked with technology hubs like the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia, MO and the TechWorks Campus for their Startup Weekend in Waterloo, IA to provide the broadband necessary for these entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into a reality. And the broadband need is heavy, while our Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions platform is pumping speeds of 1 Gig and beyond to maintain the connections needed for these research and development projects.
Check out the conversation the Des Moines Register in Iowa had with this Fortune 500 powerhouse.
The face of small business has changed. Instead of a brick and mortar storefront, many of today's small businesses do business from home, a co-working space or even a local coffee shop. Broadband technology has afforded businesses to stay connected no matter where they are, and therefore business can be done 24/7. Strong data and voice services allow them to be extremely mobile and agile in our every-changing business environment. In this article from the Ames Tribune in Ames, Iowa, we take a look at how small businesses are facing 5 big changes.
Businesses being connected can be exemplified in many applications. Take for instance, a business website and social platforms which can be the “face” of the business. In some instances, it’s the first interaction a customer has to the business and we know first impressions mean everything. But more importantly, it erases the restrictions of just doing business on Main Street. Small businesses can attract a loyal following and network of referrals by offering customers relevant content that validates they are a trusted resource in their business space. The vehicle to being able to accomplish this is through a data backbone that drives utilization of these platforms. A broadband connection needs to be able to handle the sheer volume of uploading/downloading content to promote a business and the ability to interface with customers (mobile chat, Skype, GoToMeetings, etc.). Being mobile isn’t just about interaction with customers - it consists of fulfilling a business’ own marketing service needs and other support materials.
Technology is the driving force for how mobile a business can be. Broadband will power the multiple devices a business needs to work from and also pave the pathway for advanced voice services. Managed Voice Solutions allow for small businesses to capitalize on big business features. Business owners can’t act as receptionists, so the ability to route calls to different devices, etc. gives owners the flexibility they need.
Many small businesses have moved operations to the cloud. Gone is the need for a huge staff, particularly IT, and “back office” operations and other automated tasks can be hosted in the cloud making it extremely convenient for a business owner. But again, being able to stay connected to all of these mentioned technologies to make business owner’s lives easier is backed by the broadband they use. Speed, reliability and capacity are the mix of broadband ingredients that allow a business to never stop moving.
Imagine the modern farm. A few cows eating grass, crops lining another field, chickens in a pen and an eye in the sky overlooking it all. Welcome to the farm the inclusion of drones, small flying planes that can scan an area with precision that's controlled by the farmer who may be sitting comfortably on his porch. Of all the technological changes in the agribusiness sector, the use of drones is one that is very much anticipated. There are plenty of reasons why drones can be a big help to farmers, however the learning curve to using this advanced technology could inhibit some from adaption. Either way, this is another changing face of the way technology has impacted rural communities. In this article from the Des Moines Register, farmers in Iowa discuss their feelings on having a bird's eye view of their land.
The Midwest is known for being a subject matter expert on agriculture. But lately the term agribusiness has redefined what it means to be a farmer and how one manages his crops. The use of technology has given these businessmen a new insight into how to care for crops, forecast elements and find ways to yield the best production they possibly can along with data to analyze these processes.
In the Des Moines Register article, we also see a use of drones to capture a better view of the farm that traditionally was only able to be done on foot. The ability for farmers to be more efficient and strategic is right at their fingertips, not to mention the time saved by using this level of technology.
These images and videos are bandwidth extensive. The sheer upload/download and transferring of those files requires fast and reliable bandwidth. Technology demands powerful broadband and new technology ideas are only as strong as the broadband behind them. The notion of Silicon Prairie is becoming a reality. With an increased number of hubs and incubator locations, startups are emerging and Iowa is poised to be a hotbed of innovation. This movement includes revolutionizing how agribusiness takes place, especially when it comes to machine-to-machine communication. In our Industry Insights blog: Agribusiness – Farm Forward and the New Evolution of this Emerging Vertical, we dive deep into this notion and the advancements happening on the farm.
Being able to utilize technologies of this nature will determine if places in rural America will be a viable player in the new wave of technology innovation. Mediacom’s $1B investment in the communities it serves to upgrade and expand its broadband infrastructure will surely be a launching off point for businesses that want to transform the way they do business by way of technology. Broadband is a key player to fuel what the Midwest is intellectually known for and extending that intelligence far beyond the farm lines. Adequate broadband access keeps businesses local, but the internet also allows for competition on a state, national, and global stage. More importantly, it provides businesses the opportunity to find good talent. This combination of ability is vital to the economic development of any community.