Internet 100 Times Faster than the National Average

SkyLine/SkyBest is the premier broadband technology provider for the High Country. One Gig speeds are still "coming soon" in major metro areas like Charlotte, Miami and Nashville, but SkyLine/SkyBest is already providing it here and now! A gigabit (Gbps-one gigabit per second) is equal to 1,000 Mbps (megabits per second) or 1 million Kbps (kilobits per second). Call 1-800-759-2226 or drop by a local customer service center to find out if Gig Internet is right for you.

What's So Different About Fiber To Your Front Door?

Play Fiber To Your Front Door video Fiber to the Front Door, more commonly known as Fiber to the Home or Fiber to the Premise, is the newest way homes and businesses are being connected for Internet, TV and communications. While other providers may bring fiber near their customers, they stop short.

SkyLine/SkyBest is bringing fiber all the way to your home and it’s virtually unlimited. This means faster streaming videos, solid connections for FaceTime or distance learning and crystal-clear television. Even better, if you have Fiber To Your Front Door, you are prepared for the next big thing in Internet technology and the next and the next.

Thanks to SkyLine/SkyBest, more than 70% of this area is fiber-loaded and we’re reaching more communities every day. Learn more below.

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SkyLine/SkyBest serves 840 square miles in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties of North Carolina and Shady Valley, Tennessee. Currently, more than 70 percent of our service area is fiber-optic and we are reaching more communities every month.


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More About Fiber

  • What is bandwidth? In a network, bandwidth is the ability to carry information. The more bandwidth a network has, the more information it can carry in a given amount of time. Networks with high bandwidth also tend to be more reliable because fewer bottlenecks disturb the flow of information.
     
  • How much bandwidth – or information delivered by bandwidth – do we need? The amount of bandwidth we need grows every year. Worldwide bandwidth usage doubles every two years. The biggest growth has been for video – traditional pay TV, “over the top” or Internet-based video and video communications. Video requires not only extra bandwidth but also extra reliability. The smallest delay in data transmission can result in distorted views. More video is available than ever before and people are watching video on more screens at once. In addition, video formats are becoming more bandwidth-intensive. HDTV can require 8 Mbps or even more for fast action such as in sporting events. What about other kinds of data? Bandwidth requirements for many kinds of data are exploding. For example, new digital cameras can create larger and larger images. Thirty megabytes for a single image is not uncommon. Amateur HD video cameras use 10 gigabytes per hour of video – the equivalent of 300 of those 30 MB still images. In health care, the medical images produced by equipment such as CT scanners are a hundred times larger than camera images and more.
     
  • Can’t copper carry high bandwidth? Copper’s capacity is far less than that of fiber. Copper can support high bandwidth for only a few hundred yards. The longer a signal travels on copper, the lower the bandwidth. Optical fiber is unique in that it can carry high bandwidth signals over enormous distances. Fiber is also far better able to support upstream bandwidth – that is from a user to the network.
     
  • What’s the difference between upstream and downstream bandwidth and why is it important? Historically, most Internet users need more downstream bandwidth than upstream – especially for bringing video entertainment into the home. However, home video uploads, computer games, distance learning, video communication and telemedicine may require as much upstream bandwidth as downstream. Small businesses, often home-based, may need upstream bandwidth as well. On example of this is a wedding photographer sending proofs by email to clients. Larger businesses may wish to copy all their working data files for safekeeping by uploading it to a remote computer center or the cloud. Upstream speeds are becoming more and more important for both home and business usage and fiber can deliver.
     
  • What exactly makes fiber “future-proof?” The equipment used to send light signals over fiber keeps getting better. So, equipping an existing fiber network with new electronics and with lasers that pulse light faster, or lasers that use different wavelengths of light can vastly increase available bandwidth without changing the fiber itself. New electronics are very inexpensive compared with the original cost of laying the fiber network.

 
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