August 11, 2020 | HTC In March when students began doing classwork at home and their parents started telecommuting, it was evident just how fast Internet needs to be in order for multiple users to be productive. If frozen screens and slow downloads caused frustration in your household back then, now is a great time to assess your bandwidth before school is back in session. It’s safe to say that online learning will still be a big part of education in many homes, so make sure to ask how upgrading your HTC plan can make everyone happier this fall. How much bandwidth do I need? Every household is different, so it’s best to assess how many students will be home using Internet devices and what they’ll be using them for. If they will be listening to teachers via Zoom calls at the same time as you’re having your own conference calls, you may need to add more bandwidth. According to Zoom’s website, recommended requirements are anywhere from 600kbps to 1.5Mbps. And remember, kids will still find time to play video games and stream videos during the school year, which can both require a lot of bandwidth. Two gamers might use a minimum of 6 Mbps, while someone watching a movie will need 1.5 Mbps. It can really add up! HTC’s High-Speed Technology Can Accommodate Back to School Needs When you speak to an HTC representative about your bandwidth requirements, you can be sure we’ll deliver a plan that will please you and every student in your home. With speeds available up to 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps), you’ll never have to listen to complaints. Here are just a couple of possibilities for your need for speed: The Calix GigaSpire provides longer range, higher efficiency, and is less affected by interference from other nearby Wi-Fi gateways. It provides increased throughput, more simultaneous data streams, and even benefits such as enhanced parental controls. Managed Wi-Fi. While you’re helping your students with homework, you won’t have time to troubleshoot an Internet problem. Our Managed Wi-Fi offers unique cloud management tools that allow HTC technicians to examine the quality of the connection remotely. With 21,000 strand miles of fiber serving Monroe and Randolph counties, we’re able to offer 1,000 Mbps to more residents than ever. Since fiber is digital, it allows for increased data throughout your network, meaning you and your neighbors won’t experience lags when you’re all downloading something at once. Not sure how to calculate your need for speed? Ask your HTC representative. In these uncertain times, it’s no wonder you’re uncertain about your Internet needs. We’ll be happy to help you figure out the best solution to help the students in your home succeed. Just give us a call! Harrisonville Telephone Company is a provider of reliable, cost-effective Internet (for streaming, gaming, surfing, viewing, listening, downloading, and more), television (hundreds of channels, free HD, VOD access and more), and phone (unlimited local and long distance, voicemail, caller ID, etc.). Want to learn more about our great home or business bundles? Visit our website, call us at 939-6112, or fill out our Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you.