Who We Are- PeakFiber is a collaboration between the Bellefontaine-Logan County Finance and Development Authority, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses NetGain Information Systems, Fiber Farmers, and BlueDesk IT.
Together we have taken on an initiative to improve internet connectivity, reliability, and speed in our community. Bellefontaine already has one of the most robust fiber optic networks in the State of Ohio, yet it has largely remained untapped for residential use. PeakFiber will use this network to connect fiber to homes across Bellefontaine. This will allow far greater internet speeds and reliability than are presently available to most consumers.
What We Are Doing – Guided by the Chamber, our partnership between local businesses, is launching a new fiber internet service to compete with the current limited internet options provided by Spectrum, CenturyLink, and for some residences, Watch Communications. The service will first be made available to Northeast Bellefontaine in the Allison Road area where there is already fiber in the ground. Once the concept is proven to be viable, we will begin extending fiber to the home in other Bellefontaine neighborhoods. The next neighborhood to receive fiber will be prioritized based on sign-ups. As a neighborhood attains roughly 80% of residences signed-up for PeakFiber service, installation will begin. The ultimate goal is to have fiber available to every residence in Bellefontaine.
Why We Are Doing This – We want our community to be one of the most desirable places to live in Central Ohio. After surveying local residences in the summer of 2018, it became clear that the limited internet options, low internet speeds, and inconsistent internet connectivity were major issues. Putting to use our incredible yet largely untapped fiber optic network not only improves the quality of life for current residents but can elevate the attractiveness of our community for new residents. Profits from providing this fiber service will be poured back into the community for ongoing economic development through the Bellefontaine Finance and Development Authority.
Timeline For Deployment- Our first phase of this local residential fiber internet service will be launched in the Greater Allison Road area. With 327 homes in the Greater Allison Road neighborhood that have pre-existing fiber optic assets. We will connect our first customers in early July 2020. The goal is to have this entire neighborhood connected by the end of 2020. Once this neighborhood is connected and proven successful, our initiative will be to spread this service to other Bellefontaine neighborhoods and any new residential developments.
What’s The Benefit For You -
• Consistently fast and continuously reliable internet. Offerings will be 50Mbps, 100Mbps, and 1,000Mbps for both download and upload speed. No other local provider can match these speeds on both the upload and download.
• Competitively priced. 50Mbps for $59.99/mo, 100Mbps for $79.99/mo, and 1,000Mbps for $99.99/mo. No contracts and no haggling.
• Local initiative with revenue from your payments staying in the community to fund further economic and community development efforts.
• Local control and ownership of your fiber lines, internet equipment, service, and billing.
Contact Us - By email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 937-599-7220 for questions regarding PeakFiber, your home eligibility, and sign-ups.
What is fiber optic broadband? Unlike copper lines, which are typically used for cable or DSL services, fiber optic lines are composed of plastic or glass strands that are used to transmit light. This method can transport more data than copper, which was originally designed to transmit only voice (i.e., early telephone services). When it comes to today’s digital requirements, fiber optic broadband is significantly quicker and more reliable than its predecessors. A fiber optic connection allows users to access, upload and transmit information at speeds that surpass traditional Internet mediums, such as copper based DSL or cable connections.
Does the quality of my Internet depend on how close my home is to the fiber hub? Fiber Broadband speed does not degrade over longer distances, like copper-based connections. Additionally, a fiber connection allows for greater data capacity while limiting loss and interference. That being said, there will be a dedicated fiber hub located in your neighborhood.
How will a fiber connection improve my life? Faster Speeds. Increased Reliability. Unlimited bandwidth. This is the most advanced method of delivery for high-speed broadband today. Fiber provides your home with the same level of connectivity as the most high-tech building in any major financial district in the world. Imagine a world where you can simultaneously stream HD video to as many devices in your home as you want without any buffering. Imagine a world where you can count on your internet connection to remain on when you’re watching the big game, and you never have to waste time calling tech support.
My current Internet service gets slow at certain times of the day, will fiber do the same? No. Unlike copper cable lines, fiber connections do not have neighborhood bandwidth limitations. Copper cable serving a neighborhood can easily get congested/maxed out during peak usage times such as evenings and weekends. This is because the lines are shared across customers in the area. Since, fiber transmits information via dedicated light beams there is no sharing, no congestion, and no corresponding throttling down of local capacity or speed.
Can I get TV service through PeakFiber? The short answer is no. We do not provide a TV service such as Spectrum Cable or Dish Network. However, with fiber you are in a position to easily discontinue your current cable service and subscribe to streaming TV services such as Direct TV Now, Hulu TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV and many others. We will consult with you to find an ideal setup for your situation.
Do I need a modem with Fiber-to-the-home Internet service? No. Your fiber connection does not require a modem. Just plug your computer network cable directly into your new ethernet port and you will be instantly connected directly to our network via pure ethernet.
Will I be charged for the installation of fiber to my home? Installation cost is a one-time charge of $100. PeakFiber is covering the cost to install fiber lines into your neighborhood. The $100 covers the cost to install the fiber line from the curb to your home and the equipment needed inside your home to connect to the fiber.
Will new equipment be installed at my home? Yes. This is included in your $100 installation charge.
How is fiber optic cable installed? The fiber optic cable to your premises will be installed either using buried fiber optic line or an overhead drop cable.
Why a buried fiber network rather than overhead? Buried networks are all about reliability. You can count on your fiber connection to work, no matter what the weather conditions are outside. The PeakFiber network is 100% buried—no wireless back-hauls or downed lines to worry about.
Will getting fiber to my home disturb my yard or property? We will do everything reasonably possible to minimize any disturbance to your yard or property, and we will promptly restore your property to a condition as close to original as possible.
Will Fiber increase the Value of my home? Research shows homes with fiber sell at a 3% premium over comparable homes without fiber.
Doesn’t Fiber Break Easily? Fiber cable deployments are surprisingly strong. There are problems when fiber is cut, but there are similar problems when phone lines or power lines are severed. That said, they have proven more resilient than power lines in ice storms and tornadoes.
I already have 100Mbps service with my current provider, how is this any different? PeakFiber will be the only residential broadband provider where download AND upload speeds are the exact same (50Mbps, 100Mbps, or 1,000Mbps). This is called a symmetrical connection and means you can upload files like pictures/videos just as fast as you can download them. All other providers utilize an asymmetrical connection which offers much slower upload speeds and slower overall usage. With other local internet providers, the typical upload speed is a maximum of 10Mbps even when the advertised download speed is 100Mbps.
Is a 100% Fiber Network Really Necessary? We have no reason to believe that innovation in Internet applications and services will ever slow down – in fact, all signs point toward their acceleration as high-definition video, tele-medicine, distance learning, smart appliances/technology, telecommuting and many other broadband applications come to market. Only fiber to the home is going to be able to deliver the bandwidth we are going to need far into the future.
How long does it take to download or upload movies, songs, videos, or TV shows, with your 3 levels of fiber broadband service (50Mbps, 100Mbps, and 1,000Mbps)?
Note - The internet access speeds quoted are the best-effort maximum rates by which downstream internet access data may be transferred between PeakFiber facilities and the fiber gateway (the network point of demarcation) at Customer premises. The maximum download/upload speed is not guaranteed and may vary. The quoted speeds should not be confused with the speed at which Customer receives and sends internet access data through the public internet as such speeds are impacted by many factors beyond the control of PeakFiber. Actual internet speeds vary due to many factors, including the capacity or performance of a computer and its configuration, wiring and any wireless configuration, destination and traffic on the internet, internal network or other factors at the internet site with which Customer is communicating, congestion on the network, and the general speed of the public internet.
I still can't find the answer to my questions, how do I contact you? To have your questions answered regarding PeakFiber, eligibility, and sign-ups please contact us at email@example.com or 937-599-7220.