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Your Local Connection Category: Blog

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by Robert Parisien, President of D & P Communications

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In 1898, D & P Communications was formed to solve a problem: bringing phones into rural homes in the Deerfield community. The evolution of our organization has seen the expansion of service areas, types of services, and rapid technology changes unknown to man before our recent history.

Through these many changes, challenges, and decades, we have remained dedicated to our communities. We live here. We play here. We are your neighbors and friends.

Being a local provider that cares, is available, and is engaged, is the core of our mission and is part of our DNA. Our company has expanded greatly since the days of providing telephone service to farmers but through the years we have stayed true to our roots.

Our local economy

Last year a survey was conducted by a local organization to identify the biggest needs of our county in regards to quality of life. Respondents identified bandwidth availability as something that should be a high priority for our communities in order to maintain our relevance for future generations. Will businesses and families in Lenawee and Monroe counties have the internet service needed to live and compete in the future economy?

Since the 1990’s, we have engaged in an aggressive strategy to answer that question in the affirmative. We have invested heavily in new service areas and upgrades to existing areas. Proving and improving fiber to home and business connections and fixed wireless services ensures that we stay ahead of the curve on the needs of our customers and communities.

With our expansion efforts, we’ve developed the connections, relationships, and local knowledge that nationally owned companies just don’t have. We leverage our knowledge and relationships to provide the very best service in our area to businesses as well as residences.

Local impact

When you need us, we’re here to help you. We don’t employ an off-shore support team – our sales, technical support, and customer service team are men and women you likely see at the grocery store or the ball field. You’re our family and friends and we want you to have the best possible experience with our company.

We are involved in the community in a number of ways. We are problem solving new developments to provide services that are crucial to businesses locating and expanding in our communities. We are sponsoring events throughout the year in our communities and some of our employees volunteer with local organizations as well.

We strive to hire and buy goods and services locally so that we can do our part to recycle money in our region and contribute to the economy in a way that large corporations do not. Our economic impact is also felt through hiring local employees that purchase goods and services from their communities.

Why local matters

A local internet service provider gives our communities options and innovation that would not be available if we had to rely solely on the large national companies. For businesses, we’ve provided the options they need to grow and the technology they need to succeed. We’ve upgraded our schools and municipalities to increase efficiency and improve infrastructure.

We’ve contributed to economic development efforts by collaborating to build industry that brings jobs to our local communities. We help local businesses with their technology structure so they can stay competitive in the marketplace.

Moving ahead, we are focused on the developing and implementing the technology that our communities will need for their homes and businesses so that Lenawee and Monroe counties remain a great place to live, work, and do business.

You Have the Need, the Need for Speed Category: Blog

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We’ve quickly moved from the days of weird buzzing, dial-up routers, and chat rooms to binge watching and headphoned gaming evenings requiring lots of data. If buffering (or glitching as the kids say) is a problem in your home, it’s time to take a look at your current home internet needs.

With so many options for internet speed, it can be a bit confusing and overwhelming to figure out what is the best fit for your home and your family.  How can you find the sweet spot between not enough (and that dreaded loading line or circle) or paying for too much?

Your family’s normal online habits will help you find the answer.

How Much Data Do You Really Need?

The Career Couple — 25MB Home

Sal and Jenny live simply. Sal’s ipad really only comes out in the evening or on the weekends to check email or listen to one of his audiobooks. He occasionally streams episodes of Sherlock Holmes from his Amazon Prime account while Jenny is catching up on work using her Surface Pro. They typically don’t have more than two devices connected to the internet at one time. A smart internet speed for them is 25MB.

 

The Mini-Van Family — 75MB Home

Luke and Laura are connected-and so is their toddler who asks Alexa to play “Baby Shark” a hundred times a day. Their smart 4K TV is streaming Netflix while their 8th grader is playing Minecraft in the den. They typically have 3-5 devices connected at one time and 75MB is the smart internet speed for their busy home.

 

The Empty Refrigerator Family — 175MB Home

Since the last season of Fortnite dropped, the teenage boys in this home only appear when they are hungry. Steve and Jessi spend a lot of time transporting their children from one activity to another, and the entire family stays connected on their smartphones and social media-even their cat has its own Instagram account. They can easily have more than 5 devices connected at one time and 175MB is smart for the glitch-free needs of their home.

 

The Jetson Family — 250MB Home

Dave and Janelle have often joked that there may be people living there that they don’t know about – the laundry suggests that may be true. Their family has multiple 4K TVs and they stream their favorite movies in HD. Their kids gaming habits could be compared to training for the Olympics, and glitching causes a red-level emergency. They want the ultimate experience and a smart 250MB will not disappoint.

 

Your need for speed service will determine the best type of internet for your home. If your family or small business has a need for higher speeds, then consider a speed upgrade and keep all members of your household happy and connected.

Back to the Future: 2019 Extreme Smart Home Edition Category: Blog

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Doc Brown and Marty McFly brought us glimpses of the smart home and imaginative technology in the classic film Back to the Future II. While it seemed so futuristic at the time, we now have technology available that makes our homes smarter than anything they could dream up in the 1980s. Plus we also have bionic implants (that don’t short circuit), hoverboards, and virtual reality video games we can play without using your hands. Great Scott!

The smart home of our future will improve our lives in a variety of ways. When we’re rushing around to get to work, we won’t worry about forgetting to adjust the thermostat. Smart thermostats that use artificial intelligence will adjust the temperature based on our location and activity. While we’re away, we can keep an eye on our pet with video monitors. We can be confident our package will be delivered safe and sound thanks to our smart garage door.

Smart devices will allow parents of the smallest members of the household - children and pets - to maintain peace of mind through advanced monitors, cameras, and pet care. We will be able to plan for smart toilets and mirrors, motion-activated lights, and voice-activated shower controls in our next bathroom remodel.

Our kitchens will be the brain of the smart home with a touch-screen hub that will let us search the internet, create shopping lists, and find recipes. It will also let us conduct a live video chat, watch dishes as we cook, and control other connected devices in the home like our thermostat, lights, and door lock.

Future homes will help our families breathe easier through smart purifiers, control the lights with our voice, safety sensors that monitor our guns, grills, and stoves and smart water valves.

Making Homes Smarter

The next generation of the smart home will utilize artificial intelligence, voice recognition, and more sophisticated and seamless integration of devices. Home technology should ultimately improve the lives of the people that live there. To truly be smart, a device should: 

  • Communicate wirelessly
  • Compile and analyze data without additional input from users
  • Be compatible with other smart devices
  • Solve problems faster and/or more efficiently than traditional counterparts

How will smart homes support this technology? Homes will need more internet bandwidth to support multiple devices, streaming, and safety features. For families that also have a home office, reliable and fast internet will become an indispensable feature.

What Makes the Internet Faster? Category: Blog

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Many internet service providers claim to have the fastest speeds available on the market, but what does that mean? While people are generally familiar with the experience of slow internet vs. high-speed internet, what actually differentiates the two in a technical sense? This article dives into the definition and metrics of internet speed to explain what makes one internet connection faster than another.

Megabytes Per Second

At the most basic level, the internet transfers information that is packaged in bits. "Bit" is shorthand for binary digit, and it's a number that can be either 1 or 0. Eight bits make up a byte, a thousand bytes make up a kilobyte, and a million bytes make up a megabyte. Internet speed is a measure of how quickly information can be transferred from the web to a user's computer. High-speed internet like DSL and Cable achieve download speeds of multiple megabytes per second (MBps).

What Affects Internet Speed?

Internet service providers provide customers with varying levels of 'bandwidth' that determine the flow of information their device is allotted. The larger the bandwidth, the more information can flow through a connection. The more devices on one connection, the slower the internet will be for all of them as they divide up the bandwidth. Other factors that can reduce a connection's MBps include worn/aged wiring or cable, unoptimized wireless, or bandwidth-hogging plugins.

How to Speed up an Internet Connection

There are a couple of tricks that can boost the octane of a connection. But first, make sure to have the right product that meets your needs. Basic high-speed internet packages might suffice for an individual but not for a family using multiple devices. Many streaming services, for example, require speeds of at least 5 MBps for optimum quality. Even more so, if you'd like to stream 4K resolution movies, then 20 MBps will be needed to make your streaming video look just like live TV. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu will test your internet speed before streaming their content, adjusting the quality of the video to match. They recommend a bandwidth in the range of 5-10 MBps for 1080p resolution video and high-quality audio. Also, keep in mind that sometimes it's not just your bandwidth speed that may be affecting your download quality. If the wi-fi router in the home is more than three years old, consider investing in one that has more bandwidth capabilities. Other bundled services like TV and voice will not affect the internet bandwidth. If the bandwidth is still insufficient, users can try closing unnecessary applications and disconnecting idle devices.

Understanding how to measure and improve internet speeds can help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of any internet connection. To learn more about our high-speed internet services for homeowners and business owners alike, reach out to D & P Communications today by filling out our contact form.

 

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