Fiber Optic Technology

You hear the term but may wonder, what exactly is fiber optic technology? And why is it such a big deal?

Fiber Optic Technology uses a cable, made up of thin strands of glass or plastic fibers, to transmit data. Just one strand is less than a tenth as thick as a human hair and can carry tens of thousands of telephone calls at any given time. That’s just ONE strand. An entire cable of fiber strands can carry up to several MILLION calls simultaneously. You may not need to make a thousand phone calls simultaneously, but here are a few more reasons to love fiber:

Stream HD video content from Netflix, Hulu or any other streaming video services with no delays or buffering.

Play online games in HD with high-quality video content and smooth connections.

Enjoy your favorite music, streamed from the cloud, with uninterrupted crystal clear sound quality.

Support all devices in your home at the same time. Stream 10 HD movies, video chat with FaceTime, upload hundreds of photos, stream music from Pandora, and perform multi-player online gaming all at the same time.

BUILDING A SMART RURAL REGION

SO, FIBER TECHNOLOGY IS IMPORTANT, BUT JUST HOW IMPORTANT?

So, fiber technology is important, but just how important? Vernon Communications Cooperative invested millions of dollars in Fiber Optic Technology over the past decade. We did this because our members need it now and for new technologies emerging every day. It provides an unparalleled experience of speed and bandwidth for our customers, is more secure and reliable, and uses less energy.

VC Co-op has constructed over 2,000 miles of fiber optic cable!

Fiber Technology is prepared for the advancements of home automation, distance learning, telemedicine, video conferencing, and emerging technologies. As an economic driver, fiber optic technology is helping to grow our local businesses and support telecommuting and home-based enterprise.

SMART RURAL COMMUNITY

VC CO-OP WINS SHOWCASE AWARD

Vernon Communications Cooperative was one of 13 rural communications firms in North America to be honored with the Smart Rural Community Showcase Award by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association in 2014. NTCA cited Vernon Communications Cooperative’s advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders in agriculture, health care, public safety and education as keys to its success.

WSTA GIGABIT COMMUNITY

VIROQUA NAMED A ``GIGABIT COMMUNITY`` DURING INAUGURAL YEAR OF THE AWARD.

In addition to the NTCA Smart Rural Community Showcase Award, Vernon Communications Cooperative was also one of seven telecommunications providers in the state to be honored at the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA) Fall Conference in 2014 with a Gigabit Community Award. The inaugural year of this award, was given in recognition of the fiber-optic broadband network throughout the City of Viroqua and the pioneering spirit of Vernon Communications Cooperative.

Both initiatives recognize and celebrate the efforts of rural telecommunications providers and their communities to deliver technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.