(or) The day our tech got schooled by a 5-year-old
A funny thing happened to one of our techs during a recent service call. A family had reported their rural internet service was out and we sent Kurtis to the rescue. The problem was found and solved pretty quickly – some connecting cables had been accidentally moved inside the home. But the whole time Kurtis was there, the family’s little 5-year-old let him know how much this internet interruption had interrupted her life, with all the sass and authority only a Kindergartner could muster. Kurtis had trouble keeping a straight face – it was the best call of the day!
Kristy CooperThe profound effect internet has on day-to-day life
There’s a trend in the market today of big-name carriers offering “unlimited” data plans that seem like the perfect answer for heavy internet users. Promises of never-ending data may sound great, but before you answer the siren call of data without limits, be sure to take a closer look at what you’ll really get.
Data may be unlimited, but speeds are not guaranteed
While many carriers offer “unlimited” data to a certain extent, their plans are filled with a lot of asterisks and if/when scenarios that will affect the quality of your service. Only a certain amount of data per month is guaranteed to be delivered at 4G LTE speeds. As of March 1, 2017, Verizon / AT&T caps it at 22 gigabytes; T-Mobile at 28 gigabytes. After you go over your 4G LTE cap, you are eligible to be “deprioritized” for the remainder of your billing cycle and your connection reduced to “3G speeds.” Depending on how much streaming or data-consuming work you do from your home or office, this could result in a week or two of streamlined internet speeds at the top of your billing cycle, followed by weeks of frustratingly slower connectivity.
Kristy CooperSoftcom Reveals The Truth About “Unlimited” Plans
People’s love of sports will never change, but the way they watch them definitely will. As many people are cutting the cord on traditional cable options, they are turning to on-demand viewing options for everything from the Olympics to the Super Bowl and in between. The future of watching sports is definitely changing, here’s what to watch for:
Viewers are turning to live streaming over traditional TV: According to Deloitte’s most recent “Digital Democracy Survey,” U.S. consumers are more inclined to stream entertainment from an Internet service than tune in to live TV. And internet-video services are valued more highly than cable or satellite TV among Millennials and their families.
It’s finally time to head to the polls and wrap up this election season. You may think you’ve had your fill of news coverage, school assignments, and waiting in line at Starbucks debates so far, but come the day of the election it’s a whole new ball game.
On Election Day, the focus of our nation will be fixed squarely on the latest results, exit polls, and commentaries from every media source, podcaster, and social media outlet available. In what has become the most unpredictable and nerve-shattering presidential race in recent history, the internet has proven itself an invaluable resource for political information. With the addition of alternative viewpoints, in-depth analysis, comedy sketches, fashion critiques, and a nonstop steam of off-the-wall insights you just can’t get in mainstream media.
Kristy CooperUltrafast and reliable access to election day results
For many of the people who have made the decision to cut the cord and ditch their pay TV services and turn to streaming services, one of the pitfalls they were forced to accept was that it wasn’t easy to be able to continue watching the large-scale events that were typically exclusively televised via the major networks and pay TV companies. In many instances, pay TV companies keep content which is being shown for free over the air behind lock and key to prevent non-subscribers from accessing events like the Olympic Games and 2016 Presidential Debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Until now, that is!
Kristy CooperFree Streaming Opportunities for the Presidential Debates
In today’s world of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other online resources for entertainment, audiences are dropping traditional cable and satellite, and turning to streaming for the freedom to watch what they want, anytime, anyplace. Streaming services are band-width hungry, though, and can use from 1 to 4 Mbps easily – per person! Finding the large amounts of bandwidth needed, however, can be difficult, especially if you live outside the urban areas where corporate carriers focus their services.
We believe that everyone deserves fast, reliable internet service no matter where they live or work. Softcom brings the experience, infrastructure, and technology to stand behind our vision. And we’re laser-focused on giving our customers the fast connections, exceptional customer service, and simple, affordable pricing they deserve.