We are working on a way to fix the internet...
Without spending taxpayer dollars.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO change providers.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO upgrade your devices.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO pay higher fees.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO make any fiber renovations.
(If we succeed in fixing the internet we will showcase a Affordable Housing project that is unlike any other)
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
COMMON IDAHO RESIDENT QUESTIONS:
Why is MY Internet so slow & the quality so bad?
Why are there few ISP providers? (CenturyLink, Sparklight, etc.)
What is TDS Fiber doing that's different?
What causes my tech devices to not work?
What if my new devices don't fix it?
Is the Idaho Government doing something to fix it?
The answers to those questions and more begin with a simple but harsh truth.
The INTERNET does not operate the way you think.
The Internet has a big issue of Misunderstanding
You believe you pay your Internet Service Provider and they provide you with the access to the World Wide Web.
Your provider DOES NOT OWN the internet!
INSTEAD you are one of millions of customers that SUB-LEASE a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT that your ISP has arranged with the
Google, Microsoft, & Amazon.
WHY IDAHO INTERNET IS SLOW
The Speed & Quality of your internet connection is determined based off of 2 things:
Distance between your device & the nearest "Big 3" DataCenter.
The amount of traffic that the Data Center has.
THE PAIN OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION
Prior to COVID-19, citizen growth for both our state and those that border us was increasing at a rapid pace. Like all things, any growth eventually caused more demand for faster internet speeds and more stable connections.
Given that the closer you are to one of these BIG 3 centers is the key to speeds, surely Idaho has one right?
The Data Centers we are referring to are only the big 80 acre facilities that house hundreds of thousands of Servers.
A BAND-AID.... NOT A CURE
Many have wondered what TDS Fiber brings to the table when looking at other Internet Service Providers. The answer is both positive and negative. While they promise higher speeds, and better quality it is not guaranteed. Why?
TDS is investing only in the physical connection wires that will continue to be a problem in the area.
Not many know that Homes built prior to 2003 in Idaho are almost always stuck with slower, inconsistent speeds. Unless you did a full electrical and communication line upgrade and paid for fiber yourself, your speeds would be limited to 100Mbps until a fiber company paid for your renovations. Costs for home renovation with fiber upgrades averages $20,000 to $80,000 depending on age, current cables, and location.
If Fiber is in your home, that DOES NOT SOLVE the Traffic or speed issue. As more residents get fiber, more traffic issues will arrive until a BIG 3 Data Center is constructed in Idaho.
DATA CENTERS NEAR IDAHO
# OF CENTERS
Idaho DOES NOT have even 1 of the BIG 3 centers that is STRICTLY dedicated to EITHER BUSINESS OR RESIDENTIAL
What Idaho Really Has
Idaho has hundreds of small servers where each are less than an acre in size.
These smaller ones do NOT serve the residents and instead are for business or commercial use.
Idaho DOES have a BIG 3 Center but it is for Idaho National Laboratory Research use ONLY.
States with Centers
Here are the West Coast Big Data Centers that are closest to Idaho Residents and their primary purpose:
"When your internet is so bad, that no matter where you are in a city, you can't access City Hall Virtual Meetings to testify because of bad connections or terrible speeds during a pandemic... then that means there is a serious issue of knowledge, research and efficient action."
- Gina Johnson
IDAHO'S PAST ACTIONS
Idaho Leaders are neither Geeks, IT folks or nerds.
It's like a TV show episode where the geek explains the actions he/she took, but anyone who isn't a nerd just doesn't care and instead demands the point.
As such...They don't understand the workings of the Web.
So when Geeks say they need this amount of money, the context is lost during political talks. As geeks have a hard time explaining the issue at bay.
That is why no Idaho Leaders or Legislature have fixed the Internet.