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New Technology is on the Horizon FTTP FAQs

What is FTTP?
FTTP stands for Fiber-to-the-Premises. This means a fiber optic line is hooked directly to your home or business. Fiber optic line uses a thin strand of glass to transmit beams of light that carry an amazing amount of data. It’s this data we’ll use to deliver high-speed Internet, plus video and telephone services.

What are the benefits of the FTTP network?
To offer faster Internet access at competitive prices, more video services, and position Ntec to take advantage of future economic development opportunities.

Why are you building the FTTP network?
Our current copper plant is becoming obsolete. We need FTTP to offer the services and pricing our customers deserve and expect. The new technology will allow us to not only offer today’s telecommunication services, but those that become available in the future.

Will everyone be connected to the FTTP Network?
Our current plan is to connect all of our customers. Existing copper technology will be used to provide services until the fiber network is installed in your area.

What will the upload and download speed be for the FTTP network?
We will advertise speeds and pricing but custom circuits will be available to meet any speed requirement you may have.

Will it cost anything to have FTTP installed at our home or business?
There will be no cost to our customers for the installation of FTTP.

Will I need to purchase a new telephone, computer or television?
No. All of your current equipment will work in conjunction with FTTP.

How do I sign up for the new services offered by the FTTP network?
We will contact all customers during the installation phase to make arrangements to connect your home or business to the network. During this time, you can let us know if you’d like the advanced features available with FTTP. You can also notify us by contacting our business office to sign-up for service at any time.

When will construction begin? When will the FTTP be complete?
We began construction during the summer of 2012 and plan to continue the fiber network installation until complete in 2015.

When will you be in my neighborhood?
The pace of the project will depend on the weather and many other factors.

Will Ntec employees need to enter my home?

Yes. For the last phase of the project an employee will need to enter your home to complete the installation for the FTTP network.

What equipment is needed in my home to be connected to the FTTP network?

We will install a Network Optical Device (NOD) on your home. A battery backup device may be installed in some situations. The will need access to an electrical outlet, which will act as its power source. The amount of electricity used is extremely small.

Who will install the FTTP network?
The construction phase of the project will be performed by Tjader and Highstrom under the direction of Finley Engineering. Ntec employees will assist in the installation process at your premise.