14 March 2019

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Atlantech Online Delivers Fiber Connectivity to 6116 Executive Blvd in Rockville, MD

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Atlantech Online recently connected another premier office building in Rockville, MD with fiber, bringing the total number of properties in Rockville served by Atlantech to 37. Our network has now expanded to include 6116 Executive Blvd, a building formerly occupied by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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6 March 2019

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What Is My Building's Wired Score?

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Do you get faster Internet speed at home than you do at the office? Does your office building have a gym, a great carryout, ample parking but only cable company Internet access available?

Most office buildings were built before the internet became an indispensable part of any business. We hear from customers who suffer at buildings that may not have what is needed to provide a business with fast and reliable digital connectivity. Some buildings have upgraded their tech to today's standards, and others haven't. It's hard to tell until you get moved in and start relying on the building's connectivity choices.

To give tenants visibility into this aspect of building amenities, WiredScore worked in cooperation with New York City in 2013 to set up a tiered certification and rating system fo building connectivity. After success of their rollout in the Big Apple, they've moved service availability to other metropolitan areas, including the DMV metro region. Commercial building landlords can now take a proactive approach to maximize digital infrastructure, get certified, and promote that certification.

We'll show you how WiredScore evaluates buildings and how you can work with your landlord to improve digital infrastructure.

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13 February 2019

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Atlantech Online Lights CTA Building in Arlington with Fiber Connectivity

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Atlantech Online has added 1919 South Eads Street in Arlington, VA to its metro fiber ring that serves Arlington, Crystal City and National Landing. The four-story building is the headquarters of the Consumer Technology Association. The addition of 1919 South Eads Street brings the total number of buildings lit by Atlantech Online in Arlington to 30. All the commercial office buildings in National Landing are on the Atlantech Online fiber ring. 

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23 January 2019

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Bandwidth: Fiber vs. Copper - Which Is the Clear Winner?

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Is there a significant difference between the amount of bandwidth offered by fiber Internet and copper high-speed Internet? Should you base your business Internet decision on bandwidth alone?

To make an informed decision about business Internet service, you need to know the differences between fiber connectivity and copper. This includes how much bandwidth each option provides, and how it will serve your businesses’ need for data in the present and future.

Demand for bandwidth has doubled every 18 months since the inception of data services, and this growth shows no signs of slowing. It's imperative that whatever type of data connectivity you choose can grow along with your business's technology and traffic.

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31 October 2018

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Building Riser Management Can Cost You 10X the Normal Rate

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

One of my biggest pet peeves is paying someone a fee for something that really doesn't add any value to a product or service that I'm purchasing. One of the clearest examples of this is a relatively new cottage industry that has recently started up in the telecom community. It is the building riser management company. I understand why landlords are seeking help for managing the risers in their building. But, the exorbitant fees that are frequently associated with building riser management does not meet the needs of the tenants, resulting in extra, unnecessary expense and friction in provisioning telecom services. If you're considering moving into a location which uses building riser management services, make sure you consider the cost.

Riser management companies generally have a monopoly on a building’s infrastructure. New tenants can pay ten times more to connect to the internet in a commercial space which uses a riser management provider. Many commercial tenants pay these exorbitant fees since they aren't aware they have any other options to connect the new office space to Internet or phone service.

But, you do have other options.

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25 October 2018

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How a Riser Management Company Might Hurt Commercial Landlords

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

The frenzy to wire buildings during the Gold Rush of the Dot Com era, resulted in many commercial office buildings having conduit full of cabling and telco rooms full of equipment that couldn't actually be used. The roll call of dead telecom carriers left this graveyard of gear as a symbol of their excess spending. As a result, riser management companies offered a seemingly attractive arrangement for commercial real estate landlords to untangle the mess. But, I think these managed service agreements, are just another example of landlords falling victim to sometimes unseen risks and unanticipated costs.

As a commercial landlord, your top priority is maintaining a safe, productive space for your business tenants. A poorly maintained cabling infrastructure can create the risks of physical hazards, such as fires, and threaten the constant data connectivity your clients need. It makes sense to maintain clean cabling and modern hardware in your building’s telecom risers.

However, giving a riser management company a monopoly on this service can hurt your tenants or even cause high-quality prospective tenants to lease from a competitor.

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1 August 2018

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Gigabit Internet: 5 Surprising Business Benefits

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Did you know that the average employee wastes approximately an entire work week of time each year on slow computer performance and slow Internet connectivity?

A study by Sandisk found that the most common and time-consuming delays were caused by waiting for necessary file uploads and downloads to complete. I may not be objective, but, I believe that failing to upgrade to Gigabit Internet connectivity (1000 Mbps) could be costing your organization time and money.

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25 July 2018

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Fiber Internet Availability: How to Check Your Building for Fiber Internet Access

Fiber Connectivity by Tom Collins

Upgrading to fiber for business Internet service can offer benefits to your organization such as productivity gains, greater reliability, and superior speed. When compared to traditional copper or coax cable Internet access technology, fiber offers significant advantages in areas such as bandwidth, upload and download speeds, security and long-term costs of ownership. As many fiber providers expand their resources in major cities, fiber Internet availability is more expansive than ever before.

The costs of connecting your business to fiber can vary significantly, and an upgrade can be very expensive if your building is not already connected to fiber resources in your city. There can be a great deal of confusion around the question of the exact cost of upgrading to fiber, and the answer is that it depends. The most significant factor that impacts the cost of switching to fiber is whether your building is already lit with fiber, or are there fiber resources nearby.

If you’re wondering how much it will cost your business to upgrade to fiber Internet and whether your building is already lit with fiber, you’re in the right place. In the paragraphs ahead, you’ll learn why being in a fiber-lit building matters and how to tell your proximity to fiber resources.

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30 May 2018

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The 5 Best Business Internet Providers in Bethesda, MD

Selecting the right vendor from the 20 registered internet service providers who offer business-class connectivity in Bethesda, Maryland is likely to play a significant part in your employee and customer experience.

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22 May 2018

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The Best Business Telephone and Internet Packages Available Now

Chances are, you’re aware that you can save quite a bit of money on your business telephone communications by bundling service into a package with your internet connectivity.

Whether you’ve already decided to make the switch from traditional telephone service to IP-based phone service (VoIP) or you’re already using cloud-based phone services, evaluating vendors who offer both internet and voice on the same network could be the right move.

However, a lower price paid each month is only one benefit you can realize with bundling if you select the right option from the best business internet and telephone packages available now. With the right vendor, you can unlock the full range of long-term business advantages associated with Unified Communications as a Service or UCaaS - a technological baseline for next-generation communications.

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