Fiber Optic Is Coming...

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I just found out, and can't believe that I never did a search on the topic of the fiber optic build out that has been in the works for the last few years in many rural locales. It seems that the local electric co-ops are taking part in this build out and receiving federal monies to do this.

Well low and behold, this build out is coming my way. South Carolina is participating in the fiber optic build out to a great degree. When I checked out the plan offerings, I was stunned by what fiber optic is going to bring to my neck of the woods.Three plans with speeds of 100 mbs, 500mbs and 1Gbs with downloads and uploads being equivalent. Pricing ranging from $50, $70,and $90 per month with one time installation of $99 and NO CONTRACTS and NO LIMITS. To say I am excited would be a vast understatement.

I would encourage all of you who are serviced by electric co-ops to look into the possibility of fiber optic coming your way.

As a final comment it seems that this would explain why Viasat 2 and future iterations of satellite offerings will hit a wall as more and more rural customers are offered the option of fiber-optic. For now Viasat is serving me well notwithstanding itsinherent limitations. I can't wait....
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Nathan Hart

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That is happening in Central Virginia as well, but a 5 year build out.
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...wow! While fiber sounds great and gov funded build outs do to, I’d hate to see you disappointed in the end. “Hit a Wall..”? Fiber in rural and un-served/underserved america certainly won’t be the reason. Every ask yourself, why hasn’t anyone built fiber in my “neck of the woods” before? Fiber certainly isn’t anything new.
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Fiber will not run to people in the country.  There are 2 houses in 3 miles on my road.
If you are getting fiber, you ain't in the country, sorry, but thanks for posting anyway....
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If people only could get satellite before and now will be able to get fiber, no matter how remote or not remote, it will be less customers paying for satellite internet.

At what point does Hughesnet or Viasat sell their consumer satellite internet to the other? As the market shrinks, long-term sustainability has to be asked.

Don't think it can happen? Exhibit A: Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio
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Congratulations. I got on Fiber about a year and a half ago. I really enjoyed being having Viasat myself , but fiber is great.
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Okay Captain Obvious :)
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I asked myself the same question about why no one has offered fiber optic out here -specifically the wireless providers, Comcast, etc. The reason has to do with the underlying infrastructure being too cost prohibitive for them and the fact that high speed broadband is now being classified as a utility. Therefore electric co-ops are the natural resource to build out this service.

By hitting a wall I am referring to the diminishing returns that satellite will eventually reach when there are no longer any more rural customers since most folks leave the country, especially younger folks in search of jobs and opportunities in the city. I live in a heavily forested area 6 miles from town so I consider myself a country guy...
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They came around here and laid the orange conduit for fiber 15 years ago but never put any fiber down.  The conduit and cover is still there, unused across the road from my house but   buried under grass and debris now.
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Like my Grandad always said, "Things always got a way of workin' out". So be of good cheer..