Gigabit Fiber Network
Fiber Optic Technology
At 24-7 & West Wisconsin Telcom Cooperative, we are committed to providing cutting edge fiber optic technology to the rural communities we serve. Through our fiber optic network, 24-7 & West Wisconsin Telcom Cooperative customers have access to one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in Wisconsin.
West Wisconsin Telcom’s 100% fiber to the home project was completed in 2008 and in 2015 we enhanced our network and started offering fiber Internet speeds up to 1GIG. The communities we serve include Downsville, Wilson, Spring Lake, Weston, Eau Galle, Rock Falls, Meridean, Fall City, Elk Lake and the West side of Eau Claire.
24-7 Telcom, a subsidiary of West Wisconsin Telcom, was established to build fiber optic services to Menomonie and they have expanded their fiber optic network to the communities of Rusk and Irvington.
One gigabit-per-second (Gbps) is a 1,000 megabit-per-second (Mbps) connection. A gigabit is 100 times faster than the average Internet connection that most Americans have today, enabling you to get what you want instantaneously. You no longer have to wait for pages to load, or for buffering; it will be all ready to go when you are. So whether you are video chatting, uploading family videos, or playing your favorite games online, all you need to do is click and you’re there.
Fiber to the Home
Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is the installation and use of fiber optical cable directly to your home. Fiber technology is unique because it can carry massive amounts of information over long distances without signal degradation. This is sometimes called “high bandwidth” communications. Copper can also carry high bandwidth, but only for a few hundred yards, after which the signal begins to degrade. Connecting homes directly to fiber optic cables instead of copper enables homes to receive greater amounts of bandwidth, and in turn, enhanced products and services. You can be sure these leaps into next-generation Internet services will inspire further innovations that we haven’t yet imagined.
To understand how fiber optics work, imagine yourself looking through a flexible plastic pipe several miles long, with the inside surface of the pipe coated with a perfect mirror. At the other end, a friend turns on a flashlight and shines it into the pipe. Because the interior of the pipe is a perfect mirror, the flashlight’s beam will reflect off the sides of the pipe (even though the pipe may curve and twist), and you will see it at the other end. If your friend were to turn the flashlight on and off, your friend could communicate with you through the pipe. This is the essence of how a fiber optic cable works.
Fiber optics are long, thin strands of glass roughly the diameter of a human hair. They are arranged in bundles that create a fiber optic “cable” and use light instead of electricity to carry a signal. These light signals represent data, which is capable of traveling at the speed of light. Fast Fact: One bundle of fiber optic cable, not much thicker than a pencil, can carry ALL of the world’s current communications traffic. (Source: FTTH Council)