Although a superior technology, fiber is very expensive to deploy. A new fiber-optic cable must be run to each home or business. This often involves boring through rock, digging under streams and railroad crossings, and around streets and private property. Santel attempts to expand its fiber network as funds become available.
No, customers will pay for their monthly service, but not for the cost of the fiber connection.
Fiber-optic technology uses pure glass strands to transmit data via light waves. Fiber is ideal for digital communications, such as high-speed Internet and video, and capable of far greater bandwidth than other technologies.
Faster Internet connections and the ability to download massive amounts of data instantly are the main benefits. Fiber-optic networks also support advanced services, such as ultra-high-definition television and video streaming.
As a cooperative business, Santel is owned by its member-customers. Our sole purpose is to bring advanced telecommunications to our communities, not to earn profits for investors. We are also committed to giving our rural communities an advantage in economic development.
Although it is difficult to estimate, some initial estimates are noteworthy. According to national statistics, fiber-to-the-home increases home values by an average of $6,000. Additionally fiber-optic technology is a requirement for many businesses, positioning our communities as prime options for new businesses and existing businesses looking to relocate to an area with an advanced telecommunications network.
  • Fiber-to-the-home customers rate the speed of their Internet service 15% higher than other broadband technologies.
  • Fiber-optic technology requires less electricity compared to other wire-line technologies. Some fiber-optic providers estimate a 20% reduction in electricity to run the network.