Broadband Funding for Rural America


Earlier this year, the USDA announced that $550 million in funds was to be earmarked for expanding broadband access in rural areas. That announcement, as well as the current global health crisis, has focused widespread attention on the lack of reliable, high-speed internet in rural communities across the United States.  The ability to work remotely, once a luxury, has now … Read More

Getting the Most Out of Your Network: Network Design Considerations


ethernet cable connected to a swtich

For those of you who know me, I am maniacal about technology and seeking out ways in which it can help both business and society.  A well-designed data network can make a world of difference when it comes to communication and productivity.  Here are a few design considerations that I often discuss with customers.  While not a comprehensive list, these … Read More

What is Wifi 6?

reelaxisBroadband, WiFi

what is wifi 6?

If you’re one of us teckie folks you probably think of WiFi flavors in terms of their IEEE Standards name, like 802.11b/g/n or more recently 802.11ac. The latest standard is 802.11ax and as I describe below it’s expected to be pretty important. To help with the adoption of this new standard the Wi-Fi Alliance has given it the more consumer-friendly … Read More

COVID-19 Highlights the Value of Broadband & Why We Need to Get it to More People

reelaxisBroadband, Remote Work & Telecommuting

Rural America Needs Broadband Internet

As more businesses encourage, or even mandate, that their employees work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is changing from a luxury to a necessity, particularly if employees are practicing social distancing or become quarantined. However, not all businesses or communities are prepared to support a mostly remote or fully-remote workforce.   To help your business remain productive, we have to continue to push broadband to more and more … Read More

Improving the Quality of Life in Rural America With Broadband Internet


A mere few decades ago, the internet was being hailed as a technological wonder — but today, there are those who would argue it’s become such a necessary tool for modern life that it ought to be considered a basic human right. Regardless of whether you agree with that particular statement, it’s certainly hard to deny that high-speed internet access … Read More