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Get the Facts about Fiber first

There’s good news and not-so-good news about fiber optic connections in Albuquerque. The good news: it appears the entire metro area will be getting those fast, reliable connections soon. The not-so-good news: not only will it eliminate older forms of DSL, there also appears to be a lot of misleading information being told about it. First, however, you should find out the actual speeds you are getting for downloading and uploading. There are many Internet speed tests available online, here’s one that requires no downloads or set-up: Free Internet Speed Test. Once armed with that information, you can make better choices as to what speed you really need. It’s true that once CenturyLink upgrades the cable connections in your neighborhood, older DSL forms may perform poorly. So poorly that the company is phasing them out, so that when fiber comes in, users will have no option other than to switch. Where the misinformation comes in is about the lack of choice users will then have. We have received numerous reports from our customers that CenturyLink has left them with the distinct impression that once fiber is in place, they will no longer be able to use Southwest Cyberport as an ISP. This is not true. SWCP partners with CenturyLink to provide our own fiber-based service, LightSpeed, and will continue to furnish users with our service. Check out LightSpeed speeds and prices and current availabilty here. So, if you are informed … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Slow Lane

Interesting new statistics from the Census Bureau concerning individual computer and Internet use in the US came out this week. Depressingly, they confirm that the Land of Enchantment is once again near the bottom. However, another study points out that the whole country, even many areas with the fastest and cheapest Internet access, likewise lags behind most of the developed world. The government has been tracking computer and Internet usage since 1997, but last year was the first time it ever surveyed households and individuals. The basic results were recently published in a report, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013 (PDF format). And they are not too far off from what one might expect: computer and Internet usage (whether desktop, laptop, or smartphone) tends to be “highest among the young, Whites or Asians, the affluent, and the highly educated.” Which means that New Mexico, like other poor states with large minorities across the South, gets the short end of the stick. Whereas nationally 88.4% have computers¬† and 78.1% high speed access, New Mexico (80.9% computers, 68.1% Internet) is barely above bottom-most Mississippi (80% and 62.3%). But even in states like California and Colorado, the picture is wildly uneven. There are urban areas with high numbers of computers (Boulder, CO topping the list at 96.9% with computers) and access (Colorado Springs with 88.5% barely beaten by Corvallis, OR at 89%). Yet these, and many other Western states, have … Continue reading

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The Solution to DSL Slowdowns

High-speed broadband access is not a luxury anymore, but a necessity. Old-fashioned dial-up is really barely able to cope with email much less modern webpages. They simply have too much going on for dial-up to handle, with all their widgets and scripts, the interactive features, animated graphics and videos. Continue reading

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