How your home TV viewing may soon effect your office Internet connection.
With the growing number of ‘cord cutters’ (households who have unleashed themselves from traditional cable and satellite TV services in lieu of streaming their entertainment and news directly from Internet media repositories to their TV’s) and the competition ramping up on Cable companies to provide higher bandwidth at lower prices to both business and consumer users, it’s no wonder that the industry is tiptoeing toward a power shift, and the possible outcomes range from great to terrible.
There used to be a day, most of us can remember it, when you got your Internet and phone service from the phone company, and your TV from the cable company. Now those lines have all blurred. Cable now does Internet, phones, and will even feed you media when you’re away from home via streaming video. Phone companies have continued to sell phone service, but have jumped onto the high bandwidth bandwagon with a fever pitch. FiOS and UVerse are powerful players in the home market with TV phone, and Internet that rivals cable speeds and choices. Not to be outdone, satellite companies now offer Internet and phone service as well, particularly attractive to rural areas where copper and fiber connections are scarce. All this makes it easy to predict the Megaprovider ‘Clash of the Titans’ over the home market, but what does this have to do with commercial connectivity?
On the commercial side, cloud based services, a myriad of new connected devices (the Internet of Things) and personal devices like phones and tablets have driven the office Internet connection to greater bandwidth. Where 10 years ago, a T1 connection could usually handle a 30-50 user office without any trouble, today those users would mutiny with a pitiful 1.5Mb/sec connection. Cable companies have invested huge in trenching into business parks and commercial buildings in order to grab up some of that golden fruit, and with 3-5 year contracts and creative language about guaranteed bandwidth, they have been able to carve themselves out a niche. Now the phone companies are pulling out their high bandwidth connections for offices as well, and recently, commercial microwave has made an affordable product to rival those expensive and unreliable T1 and bonded T1 connections. Here’s where things get weird. It seems like cable and phone companies have taken clues from federal lawmakers when it comes to designing loopholes. New forms of traffic shaping, IP address distribution, and Internet use restrictions have made shopping for economical business class Internet a pothole ridden path. Add to that the looming threat of government oversight through the FCC via “net neutrality” and the commercial pot is boiling over as well. These three industries are doing battle on both the residential and commercial markets. In the past three years hosted VoIP phone systems and SIP communications have blossomed into viable day to day business systems providing quality voice traffic at a savings of up to 70% over traditional services and pushing the phone cable, and microwave carriers out of more market share. What happens when you stretch your marketing budget, cut your profits to grab market share, and pay lobbyists to keep Uncle Sam out of your business plan? Oh, and do it on both halves of your business simultaneously? Something is going to crash, and crash hard.
With so much of your business tied to your Internet connection, and adding more services and dependence daily, you need a guide. A company that will watch out for your interests and shine a light on your future path so you can drive your company into the tomorrow with confidence the underlying data communications infrastructure will support your needs today, and tomorrow. Simpletech is that kind of company. If you are not getting cutting edge information from your IT provider to help you traverse this jungle, call us at (866) 724-8946. IT is what we do!