2 February 2016

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Getting High-Speed Fiber Internet Connectivity for Businesses in Rockville, MD

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Fiber optic Internet connectivity can be a competitive advantage for businesses of all sizes. Your organization can gain significant speed, bandwidth, and reliability. These factors can lead to better employee productivity and higher customer satisfaction with your communications.

For businesses in Rockville, Maryland, Atlantech Online offers state-of-the-art fiber-optic Internet installations. If you are considering a broadband upgrade in Montgomery County, you could benefit from the area's early adoption of fiber-optic technologies. Join us as we review the basics of a fiber upgrade, what to expect from an installation, and how to proceed with improving your businesses' data services.

The Best Fiber Internet Providers in Rockville, MD

Currently, there are only two companies who offer business and residential fiber-optic Internet services in Rockville, Maryland. We've listed a basic overview of Atlantech Online and Verizon FiOs, as well as brief details on other companies that could offer fiber-optic service in the next few years.

Atlantech Online

Atlantech Online is a nationwide provider of fiber, voice, and data, with a data center located in Rockville. Prospective business customers can save money on communications by purchasing bundles of data, voice, and hosting.

Atlantech specializes in exceptional customer service, which includes simple billing and 24/7/365 customer support. Business customers can also benefit from service level agreements (SLAs), which include the promise of 99.999% uptime.

Verizon FiOS

Verizon FiOS is a nationwide fiber-optic network. There are multiple, pre-packaged service levels for prospective business clients which can be reviewed on the Fios website.

Verizon offers some bundling specials for customers who opt to purchase both fiber and voice. Verizon also offers 24/7/365 live support and some online tools to facilitate self-serve troubleshooting for business and residential customers.

Other Providers

At the time of writing, Google Fiber, AT&T, Sprint, and Windstream do not offer fiber Internet service in Rockville, and there are no officially released plans on service rollouts available. Additional information on planned deployments can be found on vendor websites.

If you are researching vendors, it's important to understand the difference between "high-speed" Internet and fiber Internet. Some vendor websites will list "high-speed Internet," which is not ultimately comparable to fiber connectivity. While copper cable Internet is offered by a wide variety of Internet service providers in Rockville, even the best high-speed Internet solutions cannot match the speed and bandwidth availability of fiber.

Assessing Your Readiness for a High-Speed Fiber Internet Installation

Prospective business customers or commercial landlords preparing for a fiber-optic Internet installation will need to take certain steps to ensure a smooth installation. After selecting a vendor, you will be asked to provide certain types of information in advance of installation. Requirements can vary depending on your vendor's process and the type of commercial space you operate in, but these steps could include:

1. Create Space

You will need to create sufficient space in your telecommunications room to facilitate installation.

2. Provide a Power Source

Select and reserve a designated power source to support your new fiber-optic Internet connectivity. Preferably the power source would have access to the life safety emergency generator in the building.

3. Reserve a Building Conduit

In order to connect your commercial space to fiber-optic Internet, your technicians will need access to a building conduit.

4. Obtain Plans

For large or multi-tenant commercial spaces, building plans can be a necessity to provide technicians with access to the location of the telecommunications room, needed power sources, and building conduits.

5. Access Agreements

Depending on the terms of your lease, you may need to obtain signed agreement from property management in multi-tenant buildings for fiber-optic Internet technicians to gain access on installation day.

Getting Fiber Internet Installed in Rockville, MD

After all necessary items are provided to your fiber Internet vendor, and an agreement is signed, you will have an installation scheduled. The installation process can vary slightly depending on business needs and commercial space size.

If you are in a very large space, or if other factors could cause your installation to be complicated, your vendor may request an on-site visit prior to installation day. This will allow your technicians to execute a detailed plan before installation, to provide minimal disruption to building tenants. The steps required for a successful installation may include the following:

1. On-Site Survey

For any type of commercial building, an on-site survey will be necessary to inspect your telecommunications room, the reserved conduit, and other aspects required of a fiber installation.

2. Official Installation Plan

After the on-site survey, the official installation plan will be completed by your vendor. For some prospective fiber clients, this step will be completed after a building access agreement is executed and all necessary items have been submitted to the vendor. The official installation plan will include date and time details, and will require sign-off from the building owner, and potentially property manager or company that manages the risers.

3. Building Access Agreement Execution

If your lease requires a signed building access plan, you will need to submit the final version of this document to your vendor after the official installation plan has been signed and submitted.

4. Physical Installation

During the time and date specified in the installation plan, your fiber-optic Internet vendor will connect your building to Rockville, Maryland's fiber-optic network.

5. Office Connection

For some organizations in small or stand-alone spaces, physical installation of buildings and office connectivity are a simultaneous process. In other spaces, this could require multiple steps. After the building is connected, tenants who have opted to purchase office connectivity will receive assistance from technicians in setting up a fiber network.

Ready for Fiber Connectivity?

Fiber-optic connectivity can drastically change the way your organization thinks about data. When operating with fiber-optic connectivity, issues like "waiting for a download," or slow service due to low bandwidth availability can become a thing of the past. By taking advantage of the remarkable options available in Rockville, Maryland, companies can gain an enormous advantage.

To learn more about Atlantech's business data services in Rockville, Maryland click here to read our recent blog Atlantech Online Opens Rockville Data Center. 





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About the author:

Tom Collins (Twitter, LinkedIn) - is the Director of Enterprise Sales & Marketing for Atlantech Online. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the Internet Service Provider industry and is known for translating technology into positive results for business. A native of Washington, DC, a graduate from University of Maryland (degrees in Government & Politics and Secondary Education), Tom is also a five-time Ironman finisher.

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