Finding high speed Internet can be challenging because buildings are not equipped for fiber -- particularly in Baltimore where the City’s infrastructure is aging. So, what if you’re a business or non-profit and need high speed Internet? This mini blog is intended to help you find what you need, especially in Baltimore.
Copper Internet is being phased out, so fiber will be your only option
Last week, we announced that the FCC passed a regulation allowing Verizon to retire (i.e., “eliminate”) copper services from their facilities in the State of Maryland. As a reminder, Verizon has started this process and will continue to switch over their services throughout 2017 and 2018. If you are currently using Internet or voice over copper, now is the time to figure out what your specific options are. This transition may require some coordination on your part, but your company will be rewarded by a superior and faster Internet service and higher quality voice.
What should you do to get the upgrade?
Many assume that they are limited to one of two large, national Internet providers, but this is not the case. It is possible to find a smaller, local high speed Internet provider that is equally technically astute and can provide local customer service and personal care. Here are some helpful tips:
- Ask around. Here are some business associations and customers we’ve worked with in the past.
- Interview providers using the right questions. In a recent article, we list the exact questions to ask.
- Bundle services if you can. This usually simplifies your experience, reduces costs and improves service quality.
- Contact GTB for a free assessment to see if we can install fiber in your building. During the last few months, we have been able to install fiber in a significant number of buildings in Maryland.
How GTB can help
For the past 25 years, GTB has provided a variety of High Speed Internet Service with Internet Security and managed Business Phone Solutions. Headquartered in Baltimore County, we provide local customer care to companies in Maryland, DC and Northern VA. Rather than find multiple providers for each service, we also make acquiring and managing these services easier by providing a “one- stop- shop” experience. GTB offers a free assessment of your Internet system to see if we can save you money and/or provide you with higher speed Internet access. Learn more about our High Speed Internet Service.