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 you will have to leave SWCP for fiber, contact us at before agreeing. There’s no obligation and  chances are you can get the same exceptional speeds and reliability through Southwest Cyberport as you can through the phone company – along with SWCP’s renowned tech support.