Gigabit High Speed Internet is here. For businesses, it can be all about the upload. Ten Gigabit download speeds mean everyone in the family can watch different 4K high-definition movies simultaneously. That is useful for businesses, too; but the upload speed can make their businesses race. With traditional internet, download speeds were usually less than a hundred megabits per second. Upload speeds were necessarily slower, usually only a few percent of the download speed. That’s not the case with the BiG GiG being installed by Whidbey Telecom. Up and down, the speed’s the same; and more than ten times faster than before. That has already made a big difference to local businesses.
Jamie Conners of Farage Photography regularly uploads massive photo galleries for her clients. She travels around the country creating artistic, high-quality photos of their events, processes the photos, and then uploads the finished images to online galleries for the clients to pick, choose, and use. Digital photos can be massive files, and uploading a gallery took too long from home. One workaround was to use a local coffee shop’s Wi-Fi. Even then, the process could take days because she’d have to quit partway to handle family chores or work within a shop’s business hours. A several hour job could stretch into a week. A chance meeting with George Henny (co-CEO of Whidbey Telecom) introduced her to the BiG GiG’s CoWorks space in Langley. Five hundred files flew up onto the Internet in under an hour. A week of work time was saved.
Dennis Zimmerman had a slightly different problem. He creates the kind of graphics used in major promotions, like internationally known theme parks. Think in terms of movie posters with incredible detail. There are fewer files, but they are enormous. A client requested a last-minute business trip. They wanted him at their office, soon; but they wanted the images even sooner. A sprint to the WiFire Coffee Bar meant a massive archive of images was uploaded in under a minute, and then he sprinted to the airport.
Joe Menth told a tale of a customer at Fine Balance Imaging, where Joe is part-owner with his mother, Nancy MacFarland. The customer was glad to use the business’ high-speed and high-resolution scanner to digitize over four hundred images for the family’s genealogical research. That took an hour. Uploading them to the rest of the family took less than three minutes, thanks to their Gigabit internet access.
Upload speed is easy to overlook and the data can be hard to visualize, but finishing week-long tasks in an hour, or hour-long tasks in a few minutes is something that saves the most valuable resource we have available - time. It is the tool that can put one business ahead of another, and can save a client time and money, especially if they are paying people by the hour to wait for the bits to dribble up the wires. Fiber is fast, and in business, that’s a smart advantage.