This content was originally published by WCTEL at http://westcarolina.mytelcoconnection.com/regional-telco-magazine/wctel-is-now-certified-gig-capable. We are proud that WCTEL’s capability is paving the way for our community to remain competitive in a high-tech world.
WCTEL is one of only two dozen cooperatives to be initially “Gig-Certified” by NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association. The organization represents nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies and their interests in national government affairs.
The distinction is part of a national program highlighting independent telecommunications providers delivering gigabit broadband speeds. A gigabit is 1,000 Mbps — more than 60 times faster than WCTEL’s basic Internet speed. A gigabit connection allows for fantastic download speeds, such as downloading a two-hour HD movie in less than 30 seconds.
The certification acknowledges the power of high-speed Internet and the potential it brings to the service area. “This is a great accomplishment,” says WCTEL CEO Jeff Wilson. “We strive to continually improve and add onto our services so that our members will benefit from the opportunity to invest in our state-of-the-art services. This certification proves that we are heading in the right direction.”