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The Top 8 Options For Getting Internet In The Middle Of Nowhere

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The Top 8 Options For Getting Internet In The Middle Of Nowhere

More than ever, people want to stay connected through the Internet. Having a connection to what’s going on in the world can keep you more informed about current events, weather, and entertainment and help you to connect with your friends and family.

Not only that, but you can use the Internet to meet new people who share the same interests as you. It’s an exciting world waiting for you, but people living in rural areas can find reliable, high-speed Internet a challenge to find. That’s where we come to help.

What Are the Different Types of Internet Services?

If you were around in the 1990s, you probably remember dial-up and those beeps every time you tried to connect! Dial-up uses your telephone network to connect to an Internet Service Provider (ISP.) It dials a number on a conventional phone line, and the modem decodes audio signals that it uses to send to a computer or router.

While many people believe it’s a thing of the past, some rural areas still rely on dial-up.

If you want to have high speeds, one solution is to use broadband connections. These services use various technologies to transmit high bandwidth quickly.

For example, fiber Internet uses fiber-optic cables to transmit data at nearly the speed of light! However, it’s not available in some areas, mainly in rural communities.

Then, we have cable Internet. This Internet uses coaxial cables to transmit data at high speeds. It’s not as fast as fiber Internet, but it’s still quick and available in more areas.

Then, there’s the digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet. This service uses telephone lines to transmit data. It’s slower but can still get decent speeds and is even present in some rural areas.

Fixed wireless forms the backbone of our rural internet offerings here at Broadlinc. 

Fixed wireless is, usually only available from small providers in rural America. It uses an antenna, router, and radio links to deliver high-quality Internet. It’s a better option than satellite due to fewer data caps and a more reliable connection than satellite. 

Internet is transmitted wireless through line of site transmitter and receivers. Broadlinc partners with existing tower holders to provide exclusive coverage to many of Kentucky and Indiana’s rural communities

In addition, fixed wireless provides a reliable connection for work, video streaming and gaming. With each new antenna we put up, we are able to expand coverage to hundreds of new homes. 

Finally, we try to partner with multiple service providers to create a more stable, redundant and reliable internet connection

Fixed wireless goes up to 100 MBPS and covers only 46% of the U.S. population. It costs between $39.95-$99.00 monthly.

Have you ever used your mobile data to create a WiFi hotspot? That’s what this is. A 4G LTE tower sends a signal to a receiver, such as your phone, and you can use this to gain access to the Internet.

While mobile hotspots are usually used temporarily to access the Internet, some in remote areas use them to access the Internet at all times if any cell phone signal is available.

One of our core advantages at Broadlinc is our ability to pull from multiple technologies in order to provide internet to rural Kentuckians. In cases where line-of-site internet does not work, LTE allows us to provide high speed, low-latency internet to our customers. Speak to one of our experts to get more information on your coverage area. 

Speeds can go up to 50 MBPS, costing around $40-$100 monthly, depending on your phone carrier. While this is primarily a phone-based Internet, select carriers provide this as a fixed service.

5G is the successor to 4G, with faster, more reliable speeds. Like 4G, it usually comes from your phone, but some providers can give you fixed wireless Internet access. Unfortunately, not all towns have 5G towers, but if they do, you can get speeds up to 1.1 GB with a price between $50-$90 monthly.

Satellite Internet uses signals from a satellite dish to connect to the Internet. It covers all of the USA, meaning that even the deepest rural communities can access the Internet without dial-up. In addition, it’s also suitable for those who live in remote locations with no possible access to the Internet available otherwise. While not as fast as some broadband options, it can still get speeds up to 100 MBPS, and it can go for as low as $30 monthly, depending on the satellite providers.

Satellite internet also struggles with high ping rates. This can influence the “lag” that gamers complain about. It is one of the reasons why we are so adamant about providing better resources to our fellow Kentuckians. 

While satellite Internet is worth checking out if you have no other solution to good Internet, it does have low monthly usage caps, meaning it’s not good for streaming or gaming unless you want high overage fees. In addition, satellite Internet can become disrupted in the rain, and speeds can be inconsistent.

Cable Internet uses coaxial cable outlets to deliver high-speed Internet access, using the same system as cable T.V. You can find it in residential neighborhoods and more urban areas. Usually, it’s not one of the rural Internet options available.

While cable can deliver at fast speeds, you can face slowdowns during peak hours. In addition, your ISP can charge more depending on what season it is, though that is negotiable.

Cable Internet is available for 89% of U.S. residents, with speeds going up to 1.2 GBPS. Prices can range anywhere from $19.99 to $109.99 monthly, depending on your choice of service and where you live.

Digital subscriber line (DSL) uses telephone lines and a phone jack to deliver at fast speeds. Since these lines are older technology, DSL tends to be much slower, with speeds depending on how far from the main network you are. But, while it can’t stream 4K video or perform other significant tasks, it’s still decent for basic Internet daily life. In addition, users can face caps to prevent the lines from overloading.

DSL is one of the few rural Internet options available. It can reach up to 140 MBPS in speed and covers 88% of the U.S. Prices can vary from $27.99 to $69.99.

Fiber Internet is the fastest Internet service available. It uses fiber optic cables to deliver fast, uninterrupted speeds at 70% of the speed of light. Unfortunately, while the service is expanding, it’s unavailable for many people, usually only available in bigger cities.

Fiber Internet can go up to 10 GBPS, but it only is available for 39% of the U.S. population. Prices can widely fluctuate, going as cheap as $30 a month to almost $300.

U.S. Location Internet Connections

Does your state have high-speed Internet? Here are some statistics on which states are the best. While it can depend on where you live, the law of averages indicates that these states have the best Internet options.

The Best – New Jersey

Average speed: 52 MBPS

State coverage: 99%

#2 – Connecticut

Average speed: 41.8 MBPS

State coverage: 99%

#3 – Rhode Island

Average speed: 46.7 MBPS

State coverage: 98.2%

#4 – New York

Average speed: 46.7 MBPS

State coverage: 97.6%

#5 – Massachusetts

Average speed: 43.5 MBPS

State coverage: 97.6%

Here are the five states falling behind on Internet access, be it due to the lack of high speeds or not having coverage at all. However, there is still hope to have fast Internet access if you live in these states.

#5 – Wyoming

Average speed: 29.2 MBPS

State coverage: 75.2%

#4 – Oklahoma

Average speed: 26.8 MBPS

State coverage: 74.5%

#3 – Arkansas

Average speed: 25 MBPS

State coverage: 73.3%

#2 – Mississippi

Average speed: 25.2 MBPS

State coverage: 70.2%

The Worst – Montana

Average speed: 20.3 Mbps

State coverage: 69.2%

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What To Look For in a Rural Internet Provider

While your options tend to be few if you live in rural communities, you should still be selective with what is available. You’ll want something with decent download speeds and data caps. Low data caps can mean you won’t be able to use the Internet for long, or you may have to pay extra fees. Always see which services offer the best prices and have the most satisfied customers.

However, be realistic. You’re not going to find a service that streams 4K video or lets you download a 100GB video game quickly. But an excellent rural service will let you perform basic tasks.

Expanding Internet Availability in Kentucky

For too long, there’s been a divide between rural America and urban America, with rural internet options sometimes decades behind. So the FCC created CAF, or Connect America Fund, to help bring broadband Internet access to America. The goal is to provide middle-of-nowhere Internet access to those who most need it.

In June 2022, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that as part of his Better Internet program, Kentucky would invest $203 million to provide faster Internet access for 35 counties, helping to provide 40,000 families with broadband access.

Broadlinc believes that rural Internet access doesn’t need to be slow. We’re committed to providing high-speed Internet to smaller communities and are eager to serve you.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Employee Spotlight: Adam Perry

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Employee Spotlight: Adam Perry

Meet our employee spotlight for October, Adam Perry. He is a Technical Support Specialist working out of the Owenton office. He and his teammates support over 5000 customers. His responsibilities include; taking direct calls from customers for technical support, responding to online requests for customer support, and communicating with field technicians and personnel during outages. So if you’ve ever called in for technical help, you’ve most likely chatted with Adam at some point!

Q & A with Adam

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Owen County but currently reside in Sparta, KY. My wife Bridget and I have been married for 22 years and have five daughters together. God blessed us with Abigail Marie (19), Isabella McKenna (17), Alexis Rylee (15), Madison Claire (13), and Brianna Elise (7).

How long have you been with Broadlinc?
I have been with Broadlinc for 2 years.

What brought you to the company?
In January 2020, the company I worked for closed its doors, and I was unemployed for nine months. It was hard to find a job, especially with the COVID pandemic. However, I saw an opening for a Customer Support Representative at Broadlinc and applied and got the job.

What do you like most about being a Technical Support Specialist?
I have worked in some form of technical support for almost 25 years. I like that you start with a problem and then get a chance to solve it. Then, when the customer is happy, that’s the best result!

How would you describe the culture at Broadlinc?
Broadlinc has a family-oriented atmosphere! The President, VP of Operations, Tech Support Manager, and all the staff are very supportive.

What do you like most about working at Broadlinc?
I like how a small, locally owned company has a chance to expand into something that rivals large corporate internet service providers.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m laughing because there really isn’t any spare time. I work on-call or spend time with my wife and girls, usually at their soccer games. So we are constantly on the run.

How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
Dedicated, selfless, and family-oriented.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
In 1989, I drowned at Elk Lake and was dead for eight minutes! In 1991, I had brain surgery for viral encephalitis. Lastly, in 2021, I had emergency surgery to treat an infection from flesh-eating bacteria. So I like to go big or go home. Some might say I’m like a cat with nine lives, and I have definitely used up a few.

If you can have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be and why?
An unlimited supply of energy to keep up with my wife and girls.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be kind, always!

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

How to Get Wi-Fi For An Apartment

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How to Get Wi-Fi For An Apartment

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance that you’re a first-time renter. If so, congratulations on getting a new place. While moving in can be exciting, it also can be a little intimidating, particularly when you need to set up your Internet connection. This post will explain how you can bring an Internet service provider to your apartment and how you can set up a Wi-Fi connection.

Should You Get Your Own Internet if the Apartment Comes with Wi-Fi?

Many apartment buildings have amenities, one being their own Internet service connection. If your apartment comes with free Wi-Fi, should you use that or pay a little extra for your own Internet service provider?

The answer is yes. You should have your own Internet provider! Most apartments that have Wi-Fi are lacking in several departments. While it’s OK to use the apartments’ own Internet when setting up your connection, or if there’s an outage, you shouldn’t rely on it as your primary way of connecting to the World Wide Web. Here’s why.

In many cases, the apartment building will have slow Internet access. Unless you have a fancy apartment with complimentary fiber Internet, you will have to deal with slow speeds, particularly during peak hours. Do you want to relax with your favorite shows after a long day of work? Well, so is everyone else, meaning that unless the complex has a lot of bandwidth, you’ll deal with laggy connections and low-quality video.

If an apartment has its own Internet, there’s a chance that it’s an open network. If this is the case, your privacy is at risk to hackers. We recommend using a VPN to add an extra protection layer if you need something personal when connected to an open Internet.

Of course, many complexes are password-protected, with the password only given to tenants. Even if that’s the case, you still cannot control their security measures. With your own Internet, you’re less likely to be the target of hackers.

Apartment buildings with Wi-Fi will have only one Internet speed and one ISP. Having your own ISP gives you choices, such as what speed you want and how much data you need, and you can easily change it if needed. You cannot do this using Internet in an apartment.

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What’s The Best Type of Internet Connection for an Apartment?

Depending on where you live, you have several options if you need Internet in an apartment. What you choose can depend on your budget, desired speeds, and what is available in the region and the apartment.

Yes, some apartment complexes will only have wiring that can support a specific connection. So, if you want Internet in an apartment, you need to research what is available in your area and ask the staff what Internet service provider they support. Let’s list several types of Internet offered by Internet service providers.

Fixed wireless internet is a high-speed, reliable internet service for rural and underserved communities. Internet is sent from a central access point to an individual receiver located at businesses, farms, and homes. The Internet is low-latency, unlike satellite networks, which means there is no interference from bad weather. This allows rural internet to provide excellent access to business and commuting services.

Fixed wireless networks enable low-cost network building and result in lower installation cost and faster installation times. The quicker you get the more efficient network, does not mean that the network is at risk. In fact, point-to-point fixed-wired networks are often better than fiber.

Fixed wireless internet is a great internet option for streaming videos, online gaming, video conferencing, downloading large files, sending large emails and other web-based tools. It’s available in rural areas and it does not require a direct telephone connection to your home, so it can often reach areas in which cable, satellite or DSL does not exist. There are no data caps with fixed wireless and it’s more affordable than fiber internet. If you live in a rural area, check with your local internet provider to see if it’s available!

Fiber optic Internet, referred to as just fiber Internet, uses glass cables to deliver incredible speeds. Because fiber Internet tends to have the fastest speeds in the area, and thus it can be the most expensive. If you work from home, want to stream movies at 4K, or game a lot, this service is for you. However, this Internet service is unavailable in all areas, particularly rural areas, and your apartment building may not have the proper cables installed. Therefore, we encourage you to do your research.

Cable Internet service is what most people have access to nowadays. While speeds aren’t the same as fixed wireless and fiber optic Internet, you can still get some impressive speeds. The only downside to cable Internet is that speeds may lower during peak hours. However, most fast speeds tend to perform well still. Therefore, we recommend cable Internet for general use.

DSL, or digital subscriber line, is what’s available almost everywhere, particularly in more rural areas. DSL uses telephone lines, meaning that it has similar reliability to cable. However, DSL is much slower. Therefore, we recommend DSL only if you’re on a small budget, it’s the only Internet available in your area, or you’re only going to use the Internet for less-demanding tasks.

As the name entails, satellite Internet service uses satellite signals. Because the satellite is universal, it’s helpful if you have no other options, such as living in highly rural areas. It’s slower, unreliable, and sometimes more expensive than fiber, but it’s better than nothing.

How Much Does Wi-Fi Cost Monthly?

Wi-Fi can depend on the Internet provider you choose, what connection type and speeds you pick, and other factors, such as location, package deals, and more. How many devices you need also plays a part.

Researching the Internet providers in your area is the first step toward figuring out the exact prices. However, you can know what to expect by looking at averages.

In 2021, the average cost was the following a month:

  • DSL: $51
  • Cable: $51
  • Fiber: $64 
  • Satellite: $86
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How to Set Up Internet Services In Your Apartment

Your Internet plan you choose can depend on your needs. For example, do you love streaming 4K movies, playing and streaming online games, or have many devices you need to use? Do you work from home and need fast, reliable speeds? Then you may need faster Internet or more data. To determine how much speed or data you need, you can use a bandwidth monitor or look at your previous Internet usage if you’ve had a plan in the past.

Your Internet service provider (ISP) you choose can depend on what’s available and which company has the best Internet plan according to your needs. With ISPs, most of them will have their pros and cons, so you should do careful research on what’s available to determine what you want to choose.

When you pick an ISP, you then need to contact their customer service. You can do this either via the phone, by visiting a physical store, or by inquiring on a website.

When you subscribe to the ISP of your choice, they will let you rent or buy a modem or router for your connection. While you can also use your modem, having an official, up-to-date modem or router can ensure you get the best connection. In addition, you need to ensure the modem is compatible with the ISP.

Some ISPs will send a worker to install it, while others will have a self-install method. A worker can ensure that it’s installed correctly, but doing it yourself can prevent you from going through inconvenient scheduling. How the ISP does it can depend on which you choose. For example, you can easily install a cable Internet or DSL box, but you can’t exactly install a satellite in your backyard by yourself.

Most cable and DSL installation situations involve you putting the box near the area of your apartment that provides Internet. Usually, this is an area where you put a phone line or a coaxial cable. Next, you will usually have to connect the Wi-Fi router to the modem and set up a Wi-Fi password and network name.

Now, it’s time to connect your devices to the Internet. Almost every device nowadays, from your phone to your video game console to your TV, needs an Internet connection. With smart devices, your only option is usually Wi-Fi. However, something like a PC usually allows you to connect via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Wi-Fi can be more convenient due to requiring no cables, but consider Ethernet if you want fast reliable speeds. For example, your main PC may require an Ethernet connection. In addition, be sure you know how much data an Ethernet cable can carry. Cables are divided into categories (cat,) with a Cat8 line delivering the fastest speeds.

It would help if you had a secure connection. Always password-protect your Wi-Fi network, and be sure to configure your devices’ security settings. For example, having a firewall and an antivirus running on your PC is s a great idea.

You can configure security settings via your modem as well. But, again, consult your ISP to learn more.

In addition, you can set up a guest network through your Wi-Fi if you don’t want a person connecting to your main network. This idea works great for businesses or those who want a separate network from their professional and personal life.

How to Get Wi-Fi While Waiting for Installation

Depending on your situation, you may have to wait a while for installation. So, what can you do in the meanwhile?

As we said, if your apartment has a Wi-Fi server for tenants, you can log into this. However, you may want to use extra security if the network is open.

Don’t have apartment Wi-Fi? No problem! What you can do is use your phone to create a wireless hotspot. Wireless hotspots can be slow and unreliable, but it’s better than nothing. You may not want to do this if you have a short data cap.

If you can’t do this, you may need to head to coffee shops such as Starbucks and use their Wi-Fi. Also, if you can, try scheduling an installation a week before you move in, so you don’t have to wait.

Once you’ve installed an Internet connection in your apartment, especially a fast, wireless connection, it can be wonderful. Have fun streaming, gaming, and even working! We hope you’ve found this article informative for your move.

Contact Broadlinc To Get Internet In Kentucky

Here at Broadlinc, we take great pride in offering affordable internet packages, including high speed internet to the rural corners of Kentucky. Our network is constantly expanding, so reach out to us to explore coverage options in your area.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Employee Spotlight: Daphne Osborne

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Employee Spotlight: Daphne Osborne

Meet our employee spotlight for September, Daphne Osborne. She is Broadlinc’s Recruiter working out of the Owenton office. She is responsible for creating job descriptions for postings, reaching out to the applicants for a pre-interview call, reporting back to hiring managers on potential candidates, and helping with accounting tasks and month-end reporting. If you have experienced our hiring process, you’ve most likely interacted with Daphne!

Q & A with Daphne

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve lived in Owen County my entire life and would never want to be anywhere else! I’ve been married to my husband, Robbie Osborne Jr., for six years next month. However, we started this wild ride back in 2007. Also, we have two beautiful children: Robbie III (4) and Randie Kate (1).

How long have you been with Broadlinc?
Next month on the 25th, I will have been with Broadlinc for a year. There are lots of exciting things happening in October in my world!

What brought you to the company?
The job I had before this one did not offer any chance for advancement, so it was time for me to move on to better opportunities for myself and my family.

What do you like most about being a Recruiter?
I enjoy creating job descriptions for postings because I’ve learned more about each role in our company and what we do a little further in detail.

How would you describe the culture at Broadlinc?
Amazing! Even though I work from home, I still talk to almost everyone regularly. We all cut up and give each other a hard time, just as you would with your own family, and I LOVE that!

What do you like most about working at Broadlinc?
Recently, I talked to leadership the other day about our work culture, and I expressed that I’ve never worked anywhere before where I felt valued by my employer as I do here at Broadlinc.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? I have two children, so there is no such thing as that around here!

How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
After checking with a few friends, they said: Spunky, determined, and a good mentor.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I am an open book and pretty basic. So there isn’t much that people don’t know about me.

If you can have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be and why?
Time. Babies don’t keep, and life is too short!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
There are two things my daddy used to tell me that will always hold true to me, and those are, “They don’t care what you look like, Daphne, as long as they get your money,” and, “It takes all kinds to make this world go ’round”.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

How Advanced LTE Delivered Amanda a Faster Internet Experience

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How Advanced LTE Delivered Amanda a Faster Internet Experience

Amanda Rice is a Kentucky State Government employee relying heavily on WiFi for her work and personal life. When she first connected with Broadlinc, her internet service met her needs. However, her signal quality declined tremendously over the last few months.

Amanda was ready to switch internet companies until the Broadlinc team provided a customized solution using advanced non-line-of-sight capable LTE technology. This not only fixed her signal quality issues but also offered her the fastest and most reliable home internet service she ever had. After installation, Amanda expressed she saw a significant improvement in her signal strength and has become a big promoter of Broadlinc ever since.

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The Story of Amanda Rice

Amanda Rice is a 22-year state employee. She resides in rural Henry County with her husband Howard and two teenagers, Eli and Avah, who attend Owen County High School. She also has a step-daughter, Emily, that attends the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Since Amanda and her family live in a very remote area, a reliable connection is vital for both her job and her kids’ schoolwork. After researching available providers, she learned Broadlinc was the first company to offer high-speed internet in her area.

“We heard about them years ago from others who had already signed up, so we decided it would be worth checking out,” said Rice. Amanda signed up for Broadlinc’s Basic Internet Plan along with the installation of two Plume pods for extended coverage throughout her home.

“We use WiFi for multiple reasons. From work to school to entertainment, having high-speed internet allows us to keep up with modern technology, and Broadlinc was able to provide that for us,” said Rice. Since installation, she has been a Broadlinc customer for over eight years.

The Challenge

Over the last few months, Amanda noticed her internet connection was not as sufficient as before. So she called the Broadlinc team and explained that her internet speed had decreased significantly and she could barely hold a signal. “I called Broadlinc explaining that we weren’t pulling basic speeds, which is detrimental for our internet needs,” said Rice.

“After they inspected my home, they discovered the line-of-sight or LOS to the Fairview Tower was no longer visible. They concluded overgrown vegetation was causing interference with the signal. I met with Broadlinc’s Service Manager, Eric Spears, to discuss my predicament further. He quickly remedied a solution and suggested switching to their LTE service.”

Eric Spears, Service Manager, worked closely with Amanda on resolving her signal issue. “I heard about the situation from my team and took it upon myself to further investigate the matter,” said Spears.

“I noticed that her signal was out-of-tolerance per Broadlinc’s standards. After inspecting Amanda’s location, I concluded that our LTE service would better suit her. I scheduled a site visit with our Premise Technician, Austin Lawrence, to test the strength of the LTE signal to Amanda’s home. The test showed the signal was stronger than the original, and she could pull her basic speeds faster. I scheduled a meeting with Amanda to explain what happens during the re-installation process before getting to work. Amanda was excited that there was finally a solution that would work for her.”

LTE: The Future of Internet

LTE, Long-Term Evolution, is the latest generation of wireless internet. LTE offers several advantages over earlier technologies, including higher speeds, lower consistent latency, and more reliable connections. LTE is also more efficient than legacy wireless systems or traditional WiFi, providing better coverage and serving more customers in areas with less infrastructure. “LTE technology provides better immunity from interference, making it more reliable in rural areas where there may be fewer cell towers,” commented Spears. 

LTE is a revolutionary technology that can provide internet access using various methods, including fixed wireless, mobile broadband, and satellite. It plays an essential role in bridging the digital divide between urban and rural areas. “LTE is a game-changer for rural communities, especially those far away from internet infrastructure or live in an area full of trees,” said Spears. “It provides internet service that is non-line-of-sight or NLOS, which makes it possible to provide access even when there are obstacles like vegetation between transmitter and receiver sites. Therefore, in Amanda’s case, using the innovative CBRS frequency band was the perfect long-term solution to her predicament because we had a Telrad-powered LTE site nearby.”

“Telrad’s Private LTE CBRS system is uniquely positioned to address unserved and underserved rural customers,” said Alex Freylekhman, VP of Sales at Telrad Networks. “We are thrilled and proud for Broadlinc to be a fantastic ambassador for us with knowledge and expertise to maximize the use of our BreezeCOMPACT platform and provide quality and consistent bandwidth even to most challenging NLOS users with marginal signal levels.”

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Is LTE for Everyone?

For some people, LTE is the perfect solution for their internet needs. However, there are some circumstances where LTE may not be the best choice. “It depends on the customer’s situation. For example, LTE isn’t available to customers in certain areas, and it can be more expensive than other types of internet service,” said Spears.

“As a manager, I want to assure that Broadlinc provides a product that meets or exceeds customers’ expectations and nothing less. We offer a variety of internet services that can vary for each customer. We suggest the best long-term option depending on their individual needs and circumstances. I would highly recommend this service to the right customer under the right situation. However, we would determine that at the site test.”

Amanda’s Experience After Installation

Eric and his team, including Premise Technicians Matt Smith, Ben Young, and Austin Lawrence, quickly installed a new pole location and receiver and ran multiple tests to ensure the stability of the signal. After installation, Amanda expressed she saw a significant improvement in her WiFi signal and experienced faster speeds than ever before. She was so excited that she immediately shared her experience on her Facebook page with her followers.

“At first, I considered switching internet companies because we rely heavily on our internet. However, Broadlinc found a viable solution that was better than I could have imagined. When we “country folk” say we love small-town living, this is why. I appreciate Broadlinc, their top-tier employees, and all their hard work. They know we live in a tough spot and rely on our service for everyday life. They work hard to make sure we are always up and running. Now, our service is better than ever since we first connected years ago,” said Rice.

“It makes me proud when I hear a success story like Amanda’s because it’s a reminder of why I am in this line of work,” commented Spears. “We know how frustrating it can be to have a poor internet connection, so it’s gratifying to be able to help people get the fast and reliable service they need. Amanda’s story is just one of many examples of how our services positively impact our customers’ lives. That separates us from all other companies, and I’m proud to be part of it.”

“Broadlinc is steps ahead of any competitor regarding customer service. They are quick to respond, thorough in their troubleshooting, friendly, helpful, and go above and beyond to retain customers. This company did not fail us through all the trials and errors of finding the best service to fit our location. Instead, they kept trying until they got it right. I trust them with all aspects of our internet needs,” said Rice.

Thanks to Eric and his team, Amanda’s internet frustrations are now a thing of the past. LTE is an available internet service offered by Broadlinc. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about LTE and its availability in your area.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Why is My Ethernet Slower than Wi-Fi?

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Why is My Ethernet Slower than Wi-Fi?

What Causes a Slow Ethernet Connection and How to Fix It

It’s common knowledge that a direct ethernet connection is faster than Wi-Fi. The reason is that an Ethernet cable directly connects your router to your computer or other device using the Internet, and Wi-Fi uses radio waves. With Wi-Fi, there are many instances where interference and distance can slow down the connection. Meanwhile, a high-speed Ethernet cable lets you have a speedy, consistent connection. However, there are instances where your wired connection is slower than your Wi-Fi connection. This article will explain some common reasons why your wired Internet connection is slower and what you can do about it.

Wi-Fi vs. Wired Connection Speeds

Your Internet speeds can depend on whether you’re using a wired or wireless connection. Some factors that can determine your Internet speeds include:

Latency involves the time it takes for your router to respond to a request you’ve made. Slower Internet could be due to high latency, and Wi-Fi tends to have slower latency than ethernet. This latency is increased if you’re far away from the Wi-Fi signal or if there’s another obstruction.

However, the difference between an ethernet connection and a Wi-Fi connection is usually small unless you’re performing time-sensitive actions such as gaming.

Data transfer speeds greatly depend on your Wi-Fi connection and what type of ethernet cable you have. For example, most modern Wi-Fi connection speeds max at 1.73 GBPS. This speed can depend on the distance and other factors.

Meanwhile, there are several types of ethernet cables, divided into categories. For example, a cat6 cable goes up to 1GBPS, so theoretically, your Wi-Fi connection could be faster. However, a cable does deliver more consistent speeds. Meanwhile, a cat8 cable can go up to 4oGBPS.

Your wireless network could slow if there are walls, objects, or fluorescent lights between your device and your network adapter. In addition, a greater distance could cause slower speeds. To reduce interference, move your device closer to the router. If you cannot do that, you can also purchase extender devices.

We should note that an ethernet connection can have interference as well. If you purchase a non-shielded cable, other cables can interfere with the connection, mainly if there’s damage to the cable jacket. So either buy a shielded cable or separate it from other wires.

Potential Causes of a Slow Ethernet Connection

Now that you know some of the differences between ethernet and Wi-Fi, let’s look at why your ethernet connection could be slower than Wi-Fi.

As mentioned earlier, you could have an older cable with a lower data transfer cap. For example, you could have a Cat3 cable, limiting your speed to only 10MBPS, a rate that may have worked back in the day but is inexcusable now.

Also, your cable could be damaged or not connected properly. Troubleshoot your cable, and consider buying another one. Cables tend to be affordable, with many longer cat8 cables going for under $20.

In addition, length could cause slower connection speeds, but this one is unlikely. For example, most cables should be less than 328 feet. Most people will not need a cable that long, so it should not affect you.

One common way to fix any troubleshooting problem is to update your drivers. You can update most drivers by selecting the update option on your PC and all the optional updates. 

Some devices, such as consoles, may have settings that limit their Internet speeds. Check your console settings and see if something is selected that could restrict speeds.

There may also be an issue with your network interface card (NIC), which is a chap that lets you connect to the Internet. Most NIC problems are fixable by resetting the card.

On Windows, go to Settings < Network and Internet < Change Adapter Options. Find your Ethernet adapter, right-click on it, and click “disable.” Give it a few seconds, then click “enable.”

If that doesn’t work, make sure there are no limiters on your NIC. Right-click on your adapter again, select Properties, then Configure. Make your way to Advanced, then Speed & Duplex. Select “Auto-negotiation.”

It should work now. If there are still Internet issues, go to device manager, select your driver, and reinstall it. If there are still issues, it could be a hardware problem.

It could be a virus if you’ve ruled out software or hardware issues. Viruses and malware affect your computer in many ways, one of them slowing down your Internet speeds. These effects include making your ethernet slower than Wi-Fi. 

Use your virus scan software or Malware Bytes to see if it’s a virus. Using several scanners can help you know if you have any viruses. Then, you can eliminate them, and hopefully, that will help to speed up your connection.

The hardware age could be another reason you have low connection speeds. For example, it could offer reduced speeds if you have not updated your router in over five years. Contact your ISP to see if you could upgrade.

The same applies to your computer itself. Your NIC could use an upgrade, either by replacing your computer altogether or simply by replacing it with a new card. Looking at your devices’ specs can also help determine if you need an upgrade.

In addition, your router may not be configured correctly. Configuring your router typically involves entering your IP address into the browser, logging in, and looking at the settings. Consult your ISP for more information, as all routers are different.

Troubleshoot a Slow Ethernet Connection

How to Troubleshoot a Slow Ethernet Connection

If you’re unsure how to troubleshoot your slow Internet connection, this section will help you. Here’s how you can troubleshoot your connection.

You can do a speed test through many websites, including Google itself. For example, Googling “Speed test” gives you a prompt for you to test your speeds.

Do a speed test with multiple devices and cables, as this can help to rule out whether or not it’s a cable or device issue. If they all have more or less the same speeds, you should move on to the next step.

In some cases, switching ports could be a solution, as one port could be defective, or there are times when a new port can improve speeds. Compare speeds before and after you change ports, as this can help you move on to the next step.

Once again, run a scan using your antivirus or anti-malware program. A virus or malware program could throttle speeds, and eliminating them could restore speeds to normal. As mentioned, use different programs; sometimes, a virus could be undetectable by one scanner.

A virtual private network (VPN) offers complete privacy by masking your IP. However, it can chug your Internet speed. After all, a VPN connects you to other countries, and the distance makes even faster speeds go down. When troubleshooting, be sure to turn it off. Sometimes, your low speeds could be due to you leaving on your VPN.

View your settings. Sometimes, an update or another incident could have changed them. So experiment with the settings a little bit, and see if doing that changes your speed. Sometimes, it takes just one toggle for your speeds to be back to normal.

Once again, you should constantly update your drivers. Windows Update automatically makes it more accessible, and you should also check to see if you’re installing optional updates.

However, there are driver updates your auto-update could have missed. To make sure, go to Device Manager—Right-click on the driver you want to be updated, and select Update. If there are any updates, you can apply them to your drivers. However, it will tell you if you’ve updated to the latest version.

Your router has firmware that also needs to be updated. Once again, enter your IP address into the address bar and log into your router. On the settings, you should see an option to update it. Some routers update automatically, but others may require a manual update. Every router is different, so consult your ISP (internet service provider).

Finally, if you do not know why you have slow Internet, it could be an ISP problem. Sometimes, a slow Internet connection could be due to issues outside your home or a router’s defect. Contacting your ISP can help you figure out why your wired connection is slower, and you may even be able to upgrade your Internet due to the inconvenience.

We hope this article helped you solve your wired Internet connection issue. A slower Internet connection in ethernet cables could have several reasons, and by figuring out why, you can have fast speeds again. You can also check our other articles if you have any other Internet issues.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Can A WIFI Owner See What Sites I Visited In Incognito Mode?

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Can A WIFI Owner See What Sites I Visited In Incognito Mode?

Incognito mode lets you hide your browsing history from prying eyes. However, it’s not foolproof. For example, when you’re private browsing on WiFi, can the WiFi owner see what sites you visited? We’ll help you answer those questions.

Can Someone See My Internet History On Their WIFI?

Yes. The WiFi owner has access to the admin panel from the WiFi router, meaning they can see the browsing information performed on their WiFi network. In addition, routers see log information, including when and what you did on your computer. This rule applies to all forms of Internet traffic, including search history, browsing data, browsing history, and other Internet activity.

Public wifi networks have many reasons for doing this, from selling your data to ensuring that you are not looking at inappropriate content.

What If I Delete My Browsing History On My Device?

Deleting your browsing history is like deleting your email’s “Sent” folder. On your end, it’s gone, but the information has already been sent. Your information is on the WiFi owners’ router logs, even if you have cleared it on your end.

How To Clear The History On A Router

You can delete browser history on a WIFi router, but only if you’re the WiFi owner or have the login information.

Go to your browser and enter your IP address. You should then be asked to enter your information, such as your username and password. You should see the router logs when you do so. How you do this depends on the WiFi owners’ routers, but you can most of the time click on Advanced and find the log. Then, you clear it.

Who Else Can Track My Browsing History?

The sad truth is that anyone can view your browser history and search history. Many websites use cookies that follow you and recommend items based on your search history. Governments can track you if you do something to alert them. In addition, hackers could infiltrate your computer.

With so many threats, you should be mindful if you have a browsing history you don’t want anyone to see. Unfortunately, it’s not just WiFi owners who can see what sites you browse.

Ways To Block WIFI Owners From Seeing Your Browsing History

How can you stay completely hidden? Is it possible to hide browsing history from nefarious eyes? We will tell you a few ways you can do this.

Incognito mode can hide your browsing history from a particular device, but it’s not perfect. The wireless router still logs it, and the information can remain on your computer. However, incognito mode is still valuable if you don’t want cookies or you don’t want someone who uses your device to access sensitive searches potentially.

An ad-blocker cannot hide your Internet session, but it can prevent ads from covering your screen and help you hide ads that bad actors could use to track you.

Clearing cookies can prevent other device users from seeing your site data. It’s also not wrong to clear your cookies occasionally to ensure more privacy online. Not only that, it can lead to smoother browsing history. That said, the WiFi owners will still see what sites you visited, meaning it’s not good for that.

Turning off location services on your browser means that websites cannot see where you are, ensuring more private browsing and less targeted ads. However, a Wi Fi owner still sees your information. Since a Wi Fi network is usually in a specific location, this does not do much to stop WiFi networks from seeing your browsing history.

Install HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS is a more secure HTTP version, offering protection against malicious attackers. However, some websites do not use HTTPS as a default, meaning you’re exposed to attacks.

One way you can fix this is by installing an HTTPS browser extension. HTTPS Everywhere is one such extension you might want to consider if you wish to have a more secure Internet connection. That said, a Wi Fi owner can still see your browsing history, meaning it does not deliver the perfect private browsing experience. However, the WiFi owner cannot see what you’ve done on those websites, indicating there is a use for this.

Use A VPN

If you truly want to hide your information from your Internet service provider, a Wi Fi owner, or anyone else, a virtual private network (VPN) is the solution.

VPNs establish a protected connection, meaning no one can see what you are doing. So, for example, a WiFi router or Internet service provider only sees jumbled data when you’re browsing on a VPN. Not only that, but with a VPN server, you can use IP addresses from other countries. This means you can see websites and streaming content unavailable in your country.

How Does Incognito Work?

Incognito mode is simple. When you use it, your browser starts with a clean slate and does not save any cookies, browsing history, site data, or form information. So while it is not 100% secure, it does add a layer of private browsing to your session.

How To Access Incognito Mode

Most browsers have a similar way of accessing incognito mode. Typically, you click on the hamburger or three dotted icons in the top right and can open an incognito mode window. Sometimes, it might be called a private window or something else.

On Chrome, click on the top right three-dotted icon and select “New Incognito Window.”

You can also use the shortcut key Ctrl (or ⌘) + Shift + N.

Go to File on the top menu, then select “New Private Window.” Alternatively, press Ctrl (or ⌘) + Shift + N for instant incognito mode.

Pros of Incognito Mode

  • Can protect your privacy with shared devices
  • Great if you don’t want your cookies, browsing history, and other information saved
  • You can log into multiple accounts on the same website with incognito mode
  • Easy to use and access

Cons Of Incognito Mode

  • Your IP address is still visible in incognito mode
  • A network administrator can still track you
  • Your data might still be on the device
  • You’re still vulnerable to malware

Public WIFI Privacy Risks

Because it does not require authentication, a public WiFi Internet connection means hackers might be able to see your data. Not only that, but the Wi Fi router’s administrator might see what sites you use and could sell your data.

Therefore, do not visit websites with sensitive information if you’re on public Wi-Fi. Alternatively, use a VPN to add protection to your session.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Employee Spotlight: Chris Saenz

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Employee Spotlight: Daphne Osborne

Meet our employee spotlight for September, Daphne Osborne. She is Broadlinc’s Recruiter working out of the Owenton office. She is responsible for creating job descriptions for postings, reaching out to the applicants for a pre-interview call, reporting back to hiring managers on potential candidates, and helping with accounting tasks and month-end reporting. If you have experienced our hiring process, you’ve most likely interacted with Daphne!

Q & A with Daphne

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve lived in Owen County my entire life and would never want to be anywhere else! I’ve been married to my husband, Robbie Osborne Jr., for six years next month. However, we started this wild ride back in 2007. Also, we have two beautiful children: Robbie III (4) and Randie Kate (1).

How long have you been with Broadlinc?
Next month on the 25th, I will have been with Broadlinc for a year. There are lots of exciting things happening in October in my world!

What brought you to the company?
The job I had before this one did not offer any chance for advancement, so it was time for me to move on to better opportunities for myself and my family.

What do you like most about being a Recruiter?
I enjoy creating job descriptions for postings because I’ve learned more about each role in our company and what we do a little further in detail.

How would you describe the culture at Broadlinc?
Amazing! Even though I work from home, I still talk to almost everyone regularly. We all cut up and give each other a hard time, just as you would with your own family, and I LOVE that!

What do you like most about working at Broadlinc?
Recently, I talked to leadership the other day about our work culture, and I expressed that I’ve never worked anywhere before where I felt valued by my employer as I do here at Broadlinc.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? I have two children, so there is no such thing as that around here!

How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
After checking with a few friends, they said: Spunky, determined, and a good mentor.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I am an open book and pretty basic. So there isn’t much that people don’t know about me.

If you can have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be and why?
Time. Babies don’t keep, and life is too short!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
There are two things my daddy used to tell me that will always hold true to me, and those are, “They don’t care what you look like, Daphne, as long as they get your money,” and, “It takes all kinds to make this world go ’round”.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Internet

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Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Internet

The more connected we become as a society, the more internet becomes a necessity. And when you’re having problems with your internet connection, it can feel like the world is falling apart around you.

Luckily, there are some key signs you can look for to determine whether your internet service is up to snuff—or if you should be contacting your provider about upgrading your internet.

If any of the following problems are plaguing your household on a regular basis, then you’ll probably want to ask your internet provider what’s going on with your connection.

Lag in Gaming or Streaming

If you’re experiencing lag in online gaming, streaming video or even general browsing, it could be that your internet speed is too slow.

Lag is when a game or video stream stops and starts. When this happens, the game or TV show you’re watching becomes choppy and unwatchable, and you experience slow loading times.

It’s similar to buffering – when the connection between your computer and the server isn’t fast enough to keep up with what’s being requested. Slow internet speeds can cause this kind of lag, as can having too many devices using the WiFi at once.

If this is happening on other devices in your home at the same time—if everyone in your house wants to watch Netflix at once—then you may experience periods with severe lag as well.

You Have Multiple Devices Connected to the Internet

If you’re constantly dealing with buffering and slow connections, it could be because you have too many connected devices running at the same time. This definitely applies to a household with multiple people using the internet.

It is logical to expect internet connections to slow when several devices are connected. People spend more time in the house today due to COVID19 so it is likely to cause more strain on your wireless network.

In most cases, streaming or online games consume the most portion of the Internet’s bandwidth. You probably will now be doing much more. There’s also an online class and Zoom meetings that can be shared with your family members. It can cause a sluggish connection at home to the Internet, longer loading times, lag in streaming videos and slower responses when playing online games.

Therefore, the more devices trying to access a website or download something from the internet, the more bandwidth used by your connection, and the more chance of experiencing slow speeds. More bandwidth means more speed – and more speed means being able to support even more devices.

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Backups and Online Syncing Are Slow or Failing

If you’re having trouble backing up your files, syncing or transferring large files, or using cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, then it’s time to upgrade your internet speed.

These types of applications rely on a fast connection for smooth operation. If you can’t upload photos before the next big meeting or download software updates without losing your patience, then it’s likely that your current internet speed isn’t meeting your needs.

A similar situation occurs when syncing applications across multiple devices—the more devices involved, the slower an internet connection needs to be in order for it to work correctly.

For example, if a user downloads a large file from their computer onto their phone using Dropbox or another cloud storage service, they will experience some lag because they share bandwidth with other users who are also trying to access files through those same servers.

In such cases, it’s important to have a reliable connection to ensure all data transfers are successful without fail. If you find that backups and syncing aren’t working well, then it may be time for an internet upgrade.

Who Else Can Track My Browsing History?

The sad truth is that anyone can view your browser history and search history. Many websites use cookies that follow you and recommend items based on your search history. Governments can track you if you do something to alert them. In addition, hackers could infiltrate your computer.

With so many threats, you should be mindful if you have a browsing history you don’t want anyone to see. Unfortunately, it’s not just WiFi owners who can see what sites you browse.

Video Chats Are Anything but Fun

The introduction of video messaging tools, such as zoom meetings and Skype, have made the conversation far simpler. Video Chat is meant to be fun and an interesting way for people to see each other’s loved ones.

In many instances, however, your internet connection may suffer from slowdown and quality degradation. This also signals that your internet plan is insufficient to provide your needs the speed they need. When you often face such difficulties, you should update the Internet service provider and explore an internet package that best suits your needs.

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You Plan to Add More Streaming Services

If you plan on adding more streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, your internet speed might already be stretched to its limit. If this is the case, it’s time to upgrade your connection so that it can handle all the data being sent to and from each service.

To make sure you’re getting enough bandwidth, you’ll need to check with your ISP and see if they offer any upgrades or packages tailored specifically for your streaming needs.

In addition, depending on what kind of equipment you have, upgrading might require some additional components like routers or modems with faster processors or larger hard drives than those currently providing service at your home now.

You Have Smart Home Devices

If you’ve added smart home devices to your network, like a Nest thermostat or an Amazon Echo, chances are good that the internet speed of your home is inadequate.

Smart devices can really put a strain on bandwidth, especially if they’re connecting wirelessly and constantly drawing power from the router or modem.

Therefore, as the number of these devices in your home increases, so will competition for bandwidth and internet speeds will decrease significantly.

If you’ve added any new smart home devices over the last few years and noticed slower speeds, consider upgrading to a higher tier package with more bandwidth capacity.

Some Parts of Your House Are Dead Zones

You may notice a drop in Internet connectivity after moving from a living room to a kitchen room. The signal is blocked by obstructions such as walls, furniture or electrical devices and could result in interference.

Wi-Fi signals only carry so much power that, depending on your house size or design, it will drop completely. This can be the random room in an alcove in front of a desk in a corner.

Therefore, this can create dead zones in certain rooms where there is no WiFi access. Sometimes dead spaces in a room might indicate router problems. This can be corrected by adjusting the router’s location, or you may need to switch it out for a new one because it doesn’t have a great enough reach.

However, if your router is working properly and you are still experiencing lagging or slow speeds, you should consider upgrading your internet.

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Find Out How Much Internet Speed You Need

Before you consider upgrading your internet, check the speed of your internet connection. You can find out how much bandwidth you have by going to speedtest.net and clicking on “Begin Test.”

This test will give you a frame of reference of what kind of download speeds you have at any given time and whether that’s enough or not. If it isn’t, then it’s time to look into upgrading your plan.

When running an internet speed test, it’s important to know what Mbps (megabits per second) means when compared with MBps (megabytes per second).

The former refers to the amount of data received at one time; the latter refers to how many bytes are sent out per second through your connection. So, Mbps measures first how much information can come in at once, and then how fast it gets transmitted outwards over time.

MBps measures only how fast something gets sent outside without considering any other factors such as delays caused by latency during transmission or errors from packet loss due too high latency levels caused by factors like sharing bandwidth with other users who may also be accessing large amounts of data on their own connections; etc.

A good rule of thumb is Mbps should be greater or equal to MBps. For example, if you want to download a 4-minute song in MP3 format from iTunes, it will take about 1 minute on a 40Mbps connection rather than 2 minutes on 20Mbps connection – a big difference!

If your results look okay after running an internet speed test, then there may be something wrong with your computer’s settings or connectivity issues between your router and modem.

If your results do not look good, then you will probably want to call your local ISP to talk to a professional and ask what’s causing the issue.

Conclusion

It’s not always easy to know when you need more bandwidth for your internet connection. But if you can’t stream, upload photos or video, play online games, or do other things that require fast speeds, it might be time to upgrade.

If you are still unsure, call or chat with us today and we can discuss your needs and offer the right solution for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you experience frequent disruptions such as lagging, slow speeds, dropped calls or other problems, it may be time to consider an upgrade to your internet plan.

Most people use the internet during the evening, especially during “rush hours”. It slows the internet, especially when using cable Internet. It seems there’s no easy way to solve the problem.

High Speed Internet currently equates to 25 Mbps. However, this definition seems outdated especially if you use it with households that contain many people (the majority of the households).

Therefore, it is useful instead of the definition of fast internet by the FCC to apply these rules to determine your internet speed needs. Your results should vary between 25 and 40 Mbps. Generally, if your household includes four people and uses only one device per household, 100Mbps is a good choice (100/4 = 25).

It depends on how many devices you use, how many people live in your household, and how much bandwidth you need. This will be the speeds of the devices you own at home. If your devices can be accessed simultaneously, you may require an additional plan to be faster than your current plan.

Broadlinc internet gives you exactly what you need: reliably fast speeds with the most coverage in your home, so everyone can be online and connected across multiple devices at once. We offer speeds between 25 – 200 Mbps with unlimited data, zero lagging, and WiFi extenders to boost the signal throughout your home.

To find the best and most affordable internet plan for your needs, call us at 855-552-2253 or submit an inquiry and let us do the rest for you!

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

What Does Renew Lease on WiFi Mean?

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What Does Renew Lease on WiFi Mean?

If you’re trying to figure out the error message, “Renew lease on WiFI” you’ve come to the right place. This article will help to demystify how to renew lease on WiFi, what it means for your IP address, and how to do it.

The Story of Amanda Rice

Amanda Rice is a 22-year state employee. She resides in rural Henry County with her husband Howard and two teenagers, Eli and Avah, who attend Owen County High School. She also has a step-daughter, Emily, that attends the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Since Amanda and her family live in a very remote area, a reliable connection is vital for both her job and her kids’ schoolwork. After researching available providers, she learned Broadlinc was the first company to offer high-speed internet in her area.

“We heard about them years ago from others who had already signed up, so we decided it would be worth checking out,” said Rice. Amanda signed up for Broadlinc’s Basic Internet Plan along with the installation of two Plume pods for extended coverage throughout her home.

“We use WiFi for multiple reasons. From work to school to entertainment, having high-speed internet allows us to keep up with modern technology, and Broadlinc was able to provide that for us,” said Rice. Since installation, she has been a Broadlinc customer for over eight years.

What Does a Renew Lease Do?

You might wonder why you should go through the renew lease process. Why get a new IP address? Here are some reasons why you might want to do it.

  1. You’re experiencing connection issues. Sometimes a new IP address can help that.
  2. You have an IP address conflict, such as the IP address being blocked from a website.
  3. If there’s been a router reconfiguration, the renew lease process could fix any connectivity issues.

We explained a bit about the DHCP lease. Now, let’s go into it deeper. When using a WiFi network, think of obtaining an IP address as renting it. Then, once you’re done using it, you return the IP address to its rightful place.

Once the lease duration, the time you’re using it, expires, you stop communicating on the IP address network. This process helps ensure that multiple devices aren’t using the same IP address, creating conflicts.

Who Else Can Track My Browsing History?

The sad truth is that anyone can view your browser history and search history. Many websites use cookies that follow you and recommend items based on your search history. Governments can track you if you do something to alert them. In addition, hackers could infiltrate your computer.

With so many threats, you should be mindful if you have a browsing history you don’t want anyone to see. Unfortunately, it’s not just WiFi owners who can see what sites you browse.

How to Renew Your WiFi Connection

The renew lease process can change depending on what device you use.

For iOS devices, it’s simple to renew your lease and change IP addresses. Let’s look at how.

  1. Go to your WiFi settings, which you can access through the Settings app.
  2. Click on the WiFi network and then click the ‘i’ icon.
  3. You should see a Renew Lease button. Tap it once, then again to confirm.
  4. If, for whatever reason, you cannot find the Renew Lease button, forget the network and log on again.

The process for Android users is a bit more complicated for Android users but still simple. Let’s explain what you need to do.

  1. Like iOS users, you want to visit your Wi-Fi network by going to Settings, then clicking on Connections, which should show you the Wi-Fi settings. Once there, select the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to.
  2. Click the gear icon on the right side of the Wi Fi network you’re connected to, then tap the Forget option located at the bottom of the settings.
  3. After that, log in to the Wi Fi network again. Once you enter your credentials, you should receive a different IP address than your initial assigned IP address.

For Windows XP and beyond:

  1. Open the Command Prompt and type “ipconfig/release” (without quotation marks) then hit enter.
  2. Once you’ve received confirmation, type “ipconfig/renew” (without quotation marks) and enter.
  3. If you have enterd the command correctly, you should see a new IP address assigned to you.

For Mac OS:

  1. Go to Setting and click on System Preferences
  2. Go to Internet and Network and select Network
  3. Select the tab labeled TCP/IP
  4. On the right side of the screen, you should see an option to Renew DHCP Lease. Click on that, click OK, and exit. You now have a new WiFi lease.

What to Do if You Can’t Renew WiFi Lease

Your WiFi lease should renew. If it doesn’t, selecting Windows Diagnostic Tool can help with the process if you’re using Windows. Resetting the network settings also works.

Alternatively, you can check your router by logging in and reset it. The process differs depending on your ISP, so contact them for more questions.

Does Renew Lease Make the WiFi Faster?

Changing your current IP address will not make your Internet go faster. The bandwidth from your internet service provider, distance from device to the router, and other factors determine an Internet’s speed.

How Long Does It Take To Renew a Lease on WIFI?

When you go through the lease renewal process, it should take little to no time. However, the length it takes for a network to locate a new IP address can change. Therefore, you might be experiencing connection issues if it takes longer than usual for the lease renewal.

Is It Safe to Renew a Lease on WIFI?

Yes. Renewing the lease does not reset the network, meaning that you’re not in any danger of having your information exposed. Therefore, the process is about as dangerous as refreshing a page.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Small Business Spotlight: Owen Essential Care

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Small Business Spotlight: Owen Essential Care

Small businesses are the backbone of communities. To celebrate them, we are featuring one of our local small business customers for this month’s small business spotlight, Owen Essential Care!

Owen Essential Care is a small business that provides urgent care services to the Owenton community. We spoke with the owners to learn more about their story and how they’re making an impact in our area. Meet Adam & Tana Culbertson, owners of Owen Essential Care!

Adam and Tana Culbertson

The Story of Amanda Rice

Amanda Rice is a 22-year state employee. She resides in rural Henry County with her husband Howard and two teenagers, Eli and Avah, who attend Owen County High School. She also has a step-daughter, Emily, that attends the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Since Amanda and her family live in a very remote area, a reliable connection is vital for both her job and her kids’ schoolwork. After researching available providers, she learned Broadlinc was the first company to offer high-speed internet in her area.

“We heard about them years ago from others who had already signed up, so we decided it would be worth checking out,” said Rice. Amanda signed up for Broadlinc’s Basic Internet Plan along with the installation of two Plume pods for extended coverage throughout her home.

“We use WiFi for multiple reasons. From work to school to entertainment, having high-speed internet allows us to keep up with modern technology, and Broadlinc was able to provide that for us,” said Rice. Since installation, she has been a Broadlinc customer for over eight years.

Embracing Entrepreneurship

Adam was motivated to start his own business because he wanted to help people in need of affordable, fast care. He wanted to provide great services at affordable prices without compromising on quality of work or customer satisfaction. “I’ve been in the medical industry for a long time, so it was easy for me to identify simple solutions to common issues such as long wait times and expensive services, ” said Adam.

“When starting my business, it was important for me to provide care that was simple, fast, and less expensive when possible. We know some situations are more complicated than others but our goal at Owen Essential Care is to always put our patient’s needs first no matter what their situation is at that point-in-time,” said Adam. He believes that any situation should receive the same level of medical attention, so his team works diligently at making sure each patient is looked after properly and ensured the best care possible.

Adam and Tana expressed their love for being small business owners. “It’s fun and the flexibility to work as a small business owner is one of the best parts. You call your own shots, you cater your business model to your customer’s needs, and you make your own decisions. It can be tough at times because you find yourself wearing many hats, but that’s what makes this job so rewarding and we have a great team that has each other’s backs.”

LTE: The Future of Internet

LTE, Long-Term Evolution, is the latest generation of wireless internet. LTE offers several advantages over earlier technologies, including higher speeds, lower consistent latency, and more reliable connections. LTE is also more efficient than legacy wireless systems or traditional WiFi, providing better coverage and serving more customers in areas with less infrastructure. “LTE technology provides better immunity from interference, making it more reliable in rural areas where there may be fewer cell towers,” commented Spears. 

LTE is a revolutionary technology that can provide internet access using various methods, including fixed wireless, mobile broadband, and satellite. It plays an essential role in bridging the digital divide between urban and rural areas. “LTE is a game-changer for rural communities, especially those far away from internet infrastructure or live in an area full of trees,” said Spears. “It provides internet service that is non-line-of-sight or NLOS, which makes it possible to provide access even when there are obstacles like vegetation between transmitter and receiver sites. Therefore, in Amanda’s case, using the innovative CBRS frequency band was the perfect long-term solution to her predicament because we had a Telrad-powered LTE site nearby.”

“Telrad’s Private LTE CBRS system is uniquely positioned to address unserved and underserved rural customers,” said Alex Freylekhman, VP of Sales at Telrad Networks. “We are thrilled and proud for Broadlinc to be a fantastic ambassador for us with knowledge and expertise to maximize the use of our BreezeCOMPACT platform and provide quality and consistent bandwidth even to most challenging NLOS users with marginal signal levels.”

Owen Essential Care

What’s Next for Adam & Tana?

The future of Adam and Tana’s business is looking very bright. They plan on continuing to provide a positive experience for the community and growing their practice in an effortful manner, making it one that people will want to be a part of.

“For those that want to start their own small business, be prepared financially to grow a sustainable business. The first months, possibly years, can require long hours with less return than desired while growing your venture. Having some initial cushion will reduce stress significantly,” said Adam. “But remember to enjoy the ride. The independence of owning a small business can be amazing, but leaving the consistency and security of working for somebody else is a big trade. When you start a small business be ready for an adventure.”

Final Thoughts

The Broadlinc team would like to extend a warm thank you to Adam and Tana for participating in this month’s Small Business Spotlight. We can’t wait to see what the future hold for Owen Essential Care!

The clinic is open Monday – Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. They accept walk-in visits until 5:00pm and scheduled visits up until closing. Typically, people are in and out within 30 minutes, and they will accept patients with or without medical records.

Their team of experienced professionals are committed to providing quality, affordable medical care when you need it most. Whether you’re suffering from a minor injury or an illness, they will help you get back on your feet in no time. For more information on Owen Essential Care, visit their Facebook Page and schedule a visit today!

*Not a paid endorsement.

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Employee Spotlight: Stanley Patton

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Employee Spotlight: Stanley Patton

Meet our employee spotlight for July, Stanley Patton. He is the Field Sales Manager at Broadlinc working out of the Owenton office. He is responsible for door-to-door sales tracking, supervising and motivating his team, and ensuring customers receive a top-notch experience.

Q & A with Stanley

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m from Owenton, KY. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Sarah for 11 years, and we have three awesome children; Carter (11), Caelyn (8), and Cooper(5). Outside of my job, I coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, softball and tee ball.

How long have you been with Broadlinc?
This month is my one-year anniversary with the company.

What brought you to the company?
I heard about the company through locals and learned it was close to my house. I wanted to work locally, so I applied for the Sales Representative position and was hired instantly. Three months later, I was promoted to Field Sales Manager due to my track record of acquiring 300 customers in less than a year. Overall, working for Broadlinc was the perfect opportunity for me.

What do you like most about being a Field Sales Manager?
I enjoy helping the team reach their potential in the field doing door-to-door sales. My ultimate goal for my team is the help them meet that same 300 customer mark in their first year as well.

How would you describe the culture at Broadlinc?
Broadlinc’s culture is very family-oriented and leadership . We have a strong team that works efficiently together, and we all respect one another.

What do you like most about working at Broadlinc?
I really enjoy the camaraderie aspect of my job. I like interacting with both customers and my coworkers.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy pool time with my family.

How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
My family and friends would describe me as STAN THE MAN. That’s all you need to know.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
Most people don’t know that I’m the youngest of eleven kids. We have a big family!

If you can have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be and why?
Time because it flies by when you’re busy or having fun. Time is a precious thing.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t worry about the past, the rear-view mirror is small. That’s why we have big windshields to always look forward. The future is bigger and in front of you.”

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

The Sales Team Spotlight: 800 Net Adds in Q1-Q2 and Their Path to Success

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Employee Spotlight: Stanley Patton

Meet our employee spotlight for July, Stanley Patton. He is the Field Sales Manager at Broadlinc working out of the Owenton office. He is responsible for door-to-door sales tracking, supervising and motivating his team, and ensuring customers receive a top-notch experience.

Q & A with Stanley

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m from Owenton, KY. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Sarah for 11 years, and we have three awesome children; Carter (11), Caelyn (8), and Cooper(5). Outside of my job, I coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, softball and tee ball.

How long have you been with Broadlinc?
This month is my one-year anniversary with the company.

What brought you to the company?
I heard about the company through locals and learned it was close to my house. I wanted to work locally, so I applied for the Sales Representative position and was hired instantly. Three months later, I was promoted to Field Sales Manager due to my track record of acquiring 300 customers in less than a year. Overall, working for Broadlinc was the perfect opportunity for me.

What do you like most about being a Field Sales Manager?
I enjoy helping the team reach their potential in the field doing door-to-door sales. My ultimate goal for my team is the help them meet that same 300 customer mark in their first year as well.

How would you describe the culture at Broadlinc?
Broadlinc’s culture is very family-oriented and leadership . We have a strong team that works efficiently together, and we all respect one another.

What do you like most about working at Broadlinc?
I really enjoy the camaraderie aspect of my job. I like interacting with both customers and my coworkers.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy pool time with my family.

How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
My family and friends would describe me as STAN THE MAN. That’s all you need to know.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
Most people don’t know that I’m the youngest of eleven kids. We have a big family!

If you can have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be and why?
Time because it flies by when you’re busy or having fun. Time is a precious thing.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t worry about the past, the rear-view mirror is small. That’s why we have big windshields to always look forward. The future is bigger and in front of you.”

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

Employee Spotlight: Amanda Gaines

Employee Spotlight: Stanley Patton

Meet our employee spotlight for July, Stanley Patton. He is the Field Sales Manager at Broadlinc working out of the Owenton office. He is responsible for door-to-door sales tracking, supervising and motivating his team, and ensuring customers receive a top-notch experience.

Q & A with Stanley

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m from Owenton, KY. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Sarah for 11 years, and we have three awesome children; Carter (11), Caelyn (8), and Cooper(5). Outside of my job, I coach kids in football, basketball, baseball, softball and tee ball.

How long have you been with Broadlinc?
This month is my one-year anniversary with the company.

What brought you to the company?
I heard about the company through locals and learned it was close to my house. I wanted to work locally, so I applied for the Sales Representative position and was hired instantly. Three months later, I was promoted to Field Sales Manager due to my track record of acquiring 300 customers in less than a year. Overall, working for Broadlinc was the perfect opportunity for me.

What do you like most about being a Field Sales Manager?
I enjoy helping the team reach their potential in the field doing door-to-door sales. My ultimate goal for my team is the help them meet that same 300 customer mark in their first year as well.

How would you describe the culture at Broadlinc?
Broadlinc’s culture is very family-oriented and leadership . We have a strong team that works efficiently together, and we all respect one another.

What do you like most about working at Broadlinc?
I really enjoy the camaraderie aspect of my job. I like interacting with both customers and my coworkers.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy pool time with my family.

How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
My family and friends would describe me as STAN THE MAN. That’s all you need to know.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
Most people don’t know that I’m the youngest of eleven kids. We have a big family!

If you can have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be and why?
Time because it flies by when you’re busy or having fun. Time is a precious thing.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t worry about the past, the rear-view mirror is small. That’s why we have big windshields to always look forward. The future is bigger and in front of you.”

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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.

How to Protect Your Small Business From Identity Theft

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What Does Renew Lease on WiFi Mean?

If you’re trying to figure out the error message, “Renew lease on WiFI” you’ve come to the right place. This article will help to demystify how to renew lease on WiFi, what it means for your IP address, and how to do it.

The Story of Amanda Rice

Amanda Rice is a 22-year state employee. She resides in rural Henry County with her husband Howard and two teenagers, Eli and Avah, who attend Owen County High School. She also has a step-daughter, Emily, that attends the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Since Amanda and her family live in a very remote area, a reliable connection is vital for both her job and her kids’ schoolwork. After researching available providers, she learned Broadlinc was the first company to offer high-speed internet in her area.

“We heard about them years ago from others who had already signed up, so we decided it would be worth checking out,” said Rice. Amanda signed up for Broadlinc’s Basic Internet Plan along with the installation of two Plume pods for extended coverage throughout her home.

“We use WiFi for multiple reasons. From work to school to entertainment, having high-speed internet allows us to keep up with modern technology, and Broadlinc was able to provide that for us,” said Rice. Since installation, she has been a Broadlinc customer for over eight years.

What Does a Renew Lease Do?

You might wonder why you should go through the renew lease process. Why get a new IP address? Here are some reasons why you might want to do it.

  1. You’re experiencing connection issues. Sometimes a new IP address can help that.
  2. You have an IP address conflict, such as the IP address being blocked from a website.
  3. If there’s been a router reconfiguration, the renew lease process could fix any connectivity issues.
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We explained a bit about the DHCP lease. Now, let’s go into it deeper. When using a WiFi network, think of obtaining an IP address as renting it. Then, once you’re done using it, you return the IP address to its rightful place.

Once the lease duration, the time you’re using it, expires, you stop communicating on the IP address network. This process helps ensure that multiple devices aren’t using the same IP address, creating conflicts.

Who Else Can Track My Browsing History?

The sad truth is that anyone can view your browser history and search history. Many websites use cookies that follow you and recommend items based on your search history. Governments can track you if you do something to alert them. In addition, hackers could infiltrate your computer.

With so many threats, you should be mindful if you have a browsing history you don’t want anyone to see. Unfortunately, it’s not just WiFi owners who can see what sites you browse.

How to Renew Your WiFi Connection

The renew lease process can change depending on what device you use.

LTE: The Future of Internet

LTE, Long-Term Evolution, is the latest generation of wireless internet. LTE offers several advantages over earlier technologies, including higher speeds, lower consistent latency, and more reliable connections. LTE is also more efficient than legacy wireless systems or traditional WiFi, providing better coverage and serving more customers in areas with less infrastructure. “LTE technology provides better immunity from interference, making it more reliable in rural areas where there may be fewer cell towers,” commented Spears. 

LTE is a revolutionary technology that can provide internet access using various methods, including fixed wireless, mobile broadband, and satellite. It plays an essential role in bridging the digital divide between urban and rural areas. “LTE is a game-changer for rural communities, especially those far away from internet infrastructure or live in an area full of trees,” said Spears. “It provides internet service that is non-line-of-sight or NLOS, which makes it possible to provide access even when there are obstacles like vegetation between transmitter and receiver sites. Therefore, in Amanda’s case, using the innovative CBRS frequency band was the perfect long-term solution to her predicament because we had a Telrad-powered LTE site nearby.”

“Telrad’s Private LTE CBRS system is uniquely positioned to address unserved and underserved rural customers,” said Alex Freylekhman, VP of Sales at Telrad Networks. “We are thrilled and proud for Broadlinc to be a fantastic ambassador for us with knowledge and expertise to maximize the use of our BreezeCOMPACT platform and provide quality and consistent bandwidth even to most challenging NLOS users with marginal signal levels.”

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Know Where to Report Identity Theft

If you suspect any suspicious activity, it’s important to know where to report it. If you receive an invoice or bill that you don’t recognize, or if you see unusual activity on your bank statements, contact your financial institution immediately.

If you receive an email or other communication that looks suspicious, do not respond to it. Instead, Forward the message to the FTC at spam@uce.gov and your IT department.

You should also report any attempted or successful identity theft to the FTC. You can do this online at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338).

In addition, it’s important to have a plan in place for how to deal with customer data if it is compromised; this may include notifying customers and offering them credit reporting and monitoring services.

 

The process for Android users is a bit more complicated for Android users but still simple. Let’s explain what you need to do.

  1. Like iOS users, you want to visit your Wi-Fi network by going to Settings, then clicking on Connections, which should show you the Wi-Fi settings. Once there, select the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to.
  2. Click the gear icon on the right side of the Wi Fi network you’re connected to, then tap the Forget option located at the bottom of the settings.
  3. After that, log in to the Wi Fi network again. Once you enter your credentials, you should receive a different IP address than your initial assigned IP address.
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Written By Brittany Bowlin, Director of Marketing

Brittany Bowlin is the Director of Marketing at Broadlinc internet services. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing and growing the marketing department, consistently identifying revenue opportunities within our established client base and managing consistent growth by securing new accounts, collaborating with the leadership team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, and spearheading the strategic and tactical execution of marketing campaigns, including design of test/control segmentation, implementation of tests, tracking, results reporting, analysis, and recommendations. You can find her on the weekends enjoying the outdoors of Colorado with her fiancé, Logan Derderian.