This article was written for our sponsor, Ting Internet.

Events of the past year have made being at home for work, school and more the “new normal.” For many working professionals, going to the office means setting up shop in a designated corner of the house—away from kids who are attending college or K-12 school in their bedrooms. Everyone needs a piece of the home wireless pie to get the job done.

There’s nothing worse than buffering on movie night or fighting through a glitchy video call due to a Wifi interruption. Unfortunately, traditional cable and DSL connections can get bogged down under multi-device demand.

The multitasking demands of families and businesses have made reliable Internet a priority and a fiber-optic network can provide that and more. Homeowners in Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina and Wake Forest are currently benefiting from Ting Internet’s blazing-fast connectivity across their fiber-optic network, and starting April 7, Rolesville gets in on the action. Fiber won’t just upgrade your connectivity, however, it can also increase the value of your home.

The fast fiber Internet difference

No one likes to wait forever for a file to upload, experience latency while gaming, or worse yet, lose connection during an important virtual meeting. With the speed, reliability and potential of fiber, your Internet network will be able to keep up with increasing demand.

Fiber-optic cables send data via light signals that communicate with computers. Unlike cable and DSL, the signals aren’t impeded by distance. Providers like Ting Internet, for example, provide clients with up to 1,000 Mbps upload and download speeds to homeowners—speeds that are not affected by the number of people simultaneously sharing a home network.

Holly Springs resident and seasoned realtor, Devin Giovacchini, endured unreliable service with cable Wifi providers for years. He instantly appreciated the Ting Internet fiber advantage—especially with the nation’s recent shift to remote work.

“To be able to get reliable fiber optic Internet from what I had—it was a no-brainer,” said Giovacchini. “I didn’t want to have the interruptions or bandwidth drops. Then 2020 hit, and so now, everybody’s working from home.”

With an increased need for multiple digital devices at home, superior speed was another clear Ting Internet differentiator from cable or DSL.

“On my desktop, I’ve gotten 800 Mbps of download and upload speeds,” said Giovacchini. “That’s incredible because you virtually are not going to run out of any speed. Uploading packets or downloading things—it all works great. That’s why fiber optic was a real plus for us—it offers very good service without a whole lot of interruption at all. In fact, we haven’t had any interruptions.”

Fiber-optic Internet boosts home values

A 2015 study showed homes with access to fiber Internet may see an increase in value greater than three percent. Because fiber is often considered future proof, home buyers know finding a home with fiber access is a solid long-term decision. With the capacity to meet our current telecommuting and remote learning needs, and the potential to handle Internet speeds of the future, you won’t need to worry about replacing or upgrading your network if your new home has fiber.

As Ting Internet’s fiber infrastructure geographically expands, demand grows for fiber-equipped homes. The company worked with local municipalities to build a fiber-to-the-home network in local “Ting Towns,” including Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest and Rolesville. Increased demand can effectively drive up home values, as buyers are seeking out and discovering fiber.

“When I talk with clients about buying a house that’s got fiber-optic Internet, it’s usually something that perks their interest because so many people are working from home nowadays,” said Giovacchini. “In our area, we have a very high-tech residency. So, that’s extremely important for people that are working from home. A house is going to have a lot of value for that.”

Local realtor Carol Feeley has seen an influx of home buyers from other states and acknowledges that location remains a key focus in purchase decisions. Just as school districts influence buying choices, she sees fiber becoming a desirable factor.

“Location, location, location,” said Feeley. “That’s what drives a lot of customers and this type of product can really increase the value of some areas it will serve.”

Overall, fiber-optic service meets home buyers’ demands for fast, reliable Internet service. It also provides sellers with a sharp technological advantage over those without fiber access.

“This is definitely something that you need to have a talk about,” said Feeley. “What kind of communications do you need in the house? What do you need to get out of the house? It’s a conversation to have right up front because we live in the information age.”

Being able to cater to the demands of her clients in this digital age is a priority that fiber access makes easier, Feeley said.

“In my business, we have to be first, right? I want my buyers to be first, I want my sellers to be first, and the fiber definitely helps with all of that.”

This article was written for our sponsor, Ting Internet.