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What are the Best Rural Business Internet Options?

October 19th, 2020 [UPDATED]
Originally Published January 22nd, 2019

The Pros and Cons of Different Rural Business Internet Options

BroadbandNow Research reports that more than 41 million Americans don’t have access to broadband Internet. Similarly, a 2018 study conducted by Microsoft found that 162.8 million people still did “not use the Internet at broadband speeds.” Why? Inflated costs, poor availability, slow deployment, terrestrial restraints, and misguided land and airwave regulations contribute to a lack of broadband infrastructure in rural communities across America. Resulting inequalities in finances, education, and social status, encountered by those without access to the Internet versus those who do, has been coined the U.S. Digital Divide.

According to GeoLinks’GeoLinks’ Co-Founder and CEO Skyler Ditchfield, there are “Five Crucial Steps Needed To Close The U.S. Digital Divide.” The final and arguably most imperative item listed is America’s need to adopt a technology-agnostic, hybrid approach to broadband development. While technologies such as 5G and fiber were are prominent buzzwords, Fixed Wireless Internet, digital subscriber line (DSL), satellite, and cable all play an equally vital role in closing the divide.

When your company is deciding how to upgrade your connection (or get connected for the first time), it’s vital to compare business Internet providers and evaluate the services they offer. Learning about all the different rural business Internet options and their pros and cons will help you make a choice that’s right for your business. To that end, GeoLinks has put together this comparison guide of the different options available to rural businesses.

*Note that Dial-up Internet access is technically an option available in rural areas. Still, due to the requirements of always-on and reliable connections for business continuity in today’s marketplace, and with less than 0.3% of all Americans still using dial-up according to a study in 2018, dial-up isn’t discussed as a viable Internet option for rural businesses.

So, what technologies from business Internet Providers are available in rural America? Here are the pros and cons of various Rural Internet options:

Pros and Cons of Internet Options

Pros and Cons of Internet Options

Fixed Wireless Broadband Internet

Fixed wireless Internet providers serve high-speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. While capable of servicing suburban and urban communities, Fixed Wireless Internet is most widely known for reaching and connecting rural America quickly.

Pros of Fixed-Wireless Internet:

  • Quick to deploy – Fixed Wireless Internet networks are deployable in a fraction of the time of competing wired technologies. For example, GeoLinks ClearFiber™ fixed wireless Internet can be deployed in seven to 10 business days.
  • Cost-effective – by avoiding costly trenching, fixed wireless Internet networks are far less expensive to build and have a lower impact on the environment.
  • Widely available – because they use radio waves, fixed wireless Internet networks can reach areas “off the grid,” such as rural America.
  • Uptime – Fixed wireless Internet networks, like those engineered by GeoLinks, have multipoint redundancy built-in. Each circuit installed has at least one additional fixed wireless backhaul – often more – linking to a fiber connection, which provides always-on connectivity with 99.9999% uptime.
  • Unlimited Bandwidth – With ClearFiber™ fixed wireless Internet, your business gets unlimited bandwidth with no throttling or capping like satellite providers.

Cons of Fixed-Wireless Internet:

  • Line of Sight (LOS) – because circuits require direct LOS, trees or large buildings in the connection path can cause signal interference.
  • Bandwidth Cost – Bandwidth can be more expensive than DSL, Cable, and some Satellite providers.
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    DSL Broadband 

    DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) broadband is a wireline technology that transmits data over traditional copper telephone lines installed to homes and businesses. Because it operates on pre-existing phone lines, DSL can be quickly installed when infrastructure is present.

    Pros of DSL Internet:

    • Accessible – because DSL runs through phone lines, it ‘sit’s more widely available nationwide. (According to broadbandnow.com, DSL has 90% coverage nationwide.)
    • It’s relatively inexpensive – the cost to install and maintain is less than many other broadband technologies, such as Fiber.

    Cons of DSL Internet:

    • Slow speeds – rural DSL speeds are generally between 128 Kbps – 3 Mbps.
    • Inconsistent network quality – because circuit quality relies heavily on the distance from an ISP’s ISP’s central hub, a significant problem for many businesses in rural areas, speeds and network reliability are inconsistent.

    Satellite Internet Vs. Fixed Wireless - GeoLinks

    Satellite Internet

    Satellite Internet beams data from your Internet provider to a satellite in space and then back to a dish at a user’s location. Historically, the technology’s primary use has been to connect businesses in rural areas that don’t have access to wired services.

    Pros of Satellite Internet:

    • Expansive availability – because it transmits to a satellite in space, it ‘sit’s available virtually anywhere on earth.
    • Decent speeds – delivering speeds up to 100 Mbps, Satellite is faster than DSL.

    Cons of Satellite Internet:

    • Latency issues – Satellite has inherent latency issues – this is especially problematic with video conferencing and VoIP applications.
    • Unreliable – circuit quality is susceptible to moisture (weather) and objects, such as trees and vegetation.
    • High cost – Satellite Internet is one of the most expensive broadband technologies on the market.

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    Cable Broadband

    Cable Broadband utilizes a modem to access the Internet through the same coaxial cables that deliver pictures and sound to a user’s television. Mainly used to service residential customers, cable networks are considered shared circuits.

    Pros of Cable Broadband Internet:

    • Easy and quick to install – because it uses existing infrastructure, it sometimes can be immediately available.
    • Faster – Capacity to be substantially faster than other types of broadband connections such as satellite and DSL.

    Cons of Cable Broadband:

    • Unreliable connection – Cable connections are shared with nearby users, causing performance issues, such as varying speeds, during peak usage times.
    • Rural limitations – due to the lack of infrastructure extending outside of urban communities, cable often is unavailable.

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    Cellular Mobile Broadband Internet

    Mobile broadband delivers Internet connectivity over a mobile network – the same infrastructure utilized by your smartphone. Mobile broadband is accessible via portable wireless hotspots and wireless modems from anywhere with a cellular connection.

    Pros of Mobile Broadband:

    • Easy access – assuming there is reception in the area, it has the potential to be immediately available.
    • Quick and easy install – the “plug and play feature” of this technology eliminates the need for physical cables, phone lines, or an electricity source.

    Cons of Mobile Broadband:

    • Inconsistent coverage – If you live in a remote area, you may not get cellular reception, preventing access altogether.
    • Unreliable performance – Average rural mobile speeds fall around 12 to 15 Mbps and fluctuate depending on location and the number of people connected to the network.
    • Capped data usage – To prevent network saturation, mobile broadband plans typically come with data caps. Overages can be expensive.

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    Fiber Broadband Internet

    Fiber broadband provides Internet access by converting electrical signals carrying data to light and sends the light through transparent glass fibers. It is one of, if not the most requested broadband technology on the market.

    Pros of Fiber Broadband:

    • Speed – Fiber can deliver multi-gig speeds making it one of the fastest broadband options on the market alongside fixed wireless.
    • Scalable and flexible bandwidth – once installed, bandwidth can be increased or decreased almost on-demand.

    Cons of Fiber Broadband:

    • Not available everywhere – Fiber is currently available in only 32% of the country.
    • Expensive and slow to deploy – fiber optic cable is exceptionally costly to deploy and requires trenching (often stalled by lengthy permitting processes.)

    Comparing the Pros and Cons of Rural Business Internet Options

    Rural Business Internet Comparison Chart
     

    While there are advantages and disadvantages to each Rural Business Internet option, these technologies can be strategically deployed to create a ubiquitous solution capable of delivering multi-gigabit bandwidth to communities across the country. This technology-agnostic, hybrid network approach is key to closing the digital divide.

    Ready to Try GeoLinks’ Rural Business Internet Option ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet?

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    Closing the Homework Gap – GeoLinks Connects Borrego Springs Students to Distance Learning Program

    In rural locations throughout the country, the Digital Divide has long been easier to discern than in more densely populated locales. For Borrego Springs Unified School District (BSUSD) in San Diego County, Calif., the reality of this scenario has been highlighted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In one pocket of its jurisdiction, a concentrated group of students remained completely isolated from the district’s new online learning environment, with most of them unable to log on in any capacity. After exhaustive efforts to provide means of connectivity for its students, district officials contacted GeoLinks. Moving quickly, our network team engineered and deployed a 50Mbps/25Mbps circuit to the area, free of charge to the district and its constituents.

    “I grew up in a rural area similar to the one we recently connected for the Borrego Springs Unified School District,” said Skyler Ditchfield, GeoLinks CoFounder and CEO. “At GeoLinks, we’re doing our part to make sure that every child has equitable access to the internet. Without it, we might be hindering the growth of the next generation of great American innovators.”

    GeoLinks has focused deployment efforts on connecting rural schools and libraries throughout the state of California and beyond for the last several years. A proud member of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) and Corporate Partner of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), Geolinks was the largest construction grant winner for Calif. K-12 schools and libraries four out of the last five years. Providing dedicated internet access throughout our network, we connect anchor institutions to enterprise networks at a fraction of the cost and timeframe required for fiber deployments.

    For more information on GeoLinks, including our efforts to close the Digital Divide, visit www.GeoLinks.com/ConnectAmerica.

    Does Weather Affect Fixed Wireless?

    Does Weather Affect Fixed Wireless?
    October 10th, 2020 [UPDATED]
    First Published January 4th, 2019

    Can Weather Affect a Fixed Wireless Internet Connection?

    The majority of businesses today have become intrinsically reliant on the Internet. From serving as an accessible means to communicate globally, to hosting e-commerce stores, to conducting online credit transactions and transfers, high-speed Internet connections have become paramount for businesses of all sizes. There are numerous broadband technologies to consider when shopping in today’s business marketplace— from DSL to copper, to fiber, to satellite, to fixed wireless Internet.

    When exploring fixed wireless connections, a variety of questions may come to mind. For example, is fixed wireless Internet reliable? Is fixed wireless Internet affected by weather? Does fixed wireless Internet perform as well as a wired connection?

    To answer these questions, let’s first take a step back and ask the foundational question, “what is fixed wireless Internet?

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    What is Fixed Wireless Internet?

    Fixed wireless provides high-speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. By utilizing antennas, towers, and an express line of sight (LoS) to transmit point-to-point and point-to-multi-point signals, fixed wireless technology is deployable in a fraction of the time – and for a fraction of the cost – of terrestrial fiber. Unlike a standard Wi-Fi connection, fixed wireless networks can be directionally focused to produce dedicated speeds of up to 10 Gbps. When configured correctly, fixed wireless technology can withstand extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, high winds, and severe temperatures, both hot and cold, with the ability to operate over licensed or unlicensed wireless spectrum.

    Why Has Fixed Wireless Internet Developed a Bad Reputation?

    Although trusted and utilized by global militaries and law enforcement for upwards of a century, over the years of perfecting fixed wireless for commercial use, many small carriers deployed inexpensive equipment that operated across only one frequency. This practice caused a multitude of problems, including interference from other links in the surrounding area. The result? A deceiving reputation for being slow, unreliable, and inferior to wired networks.

    Another common misconception that has been tagged to fixed wireless technology is that it is equivalent to satellite Internet quality of service (QoS). Satellite Internet, which is notoriously known for its high latency, operates by transmitting signals from a dish to a satellite orbiting more than 20,000 miles above the earth. This distance is drastically different than a 20-mile point-to-point fixed wireless link.

    GeoLinks has put all the misconceptions about fixed wireless Internet to rest in our article “8 Facts to Set the Record Straight About Fixed Wireless Internet”.

    Here are the highlights:

    • Fact 1: Fixed wireless Internet is not the same as satellite Internet
    • Fact 2: Fixed wireless Internet Is just as reliable as fiber
    • Fact 3: Fixed wireless Internet is not just a rural solution
    • Fact 4: Fixed wireless Internet can be installed rapidly
    • Fact 5: Fixed wireless radio technology is safe
    • Fact 6: Fixed wireless Internet is much more than a backup solution
    • Fact 7: Fixed wireless Internet is secure
    • Fact 8: Fixed wireless Internet works in any weather

    Today’s Commercial High-Speed Fixed Wireless Internet Technology

    As with all types of broadband connections, fixed wireless speeds and service varies from provider to provider. From technical equipment upgrades to improved and simplified network management through software, commercial fixed wireless networks have advanced rapidly in recent years. When topped off with the ability to combine and switch between more diversified spectrum links (both licensed and unlicensed), properly-deployed modern fixed wireless networks can deliver gigabit connection speeds that rival fiber connections.

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    Fixed Wireless Internet and the Weather

    When we think of our Internet connection transmitting data wirelessly, the effects of weather can be a natural concern. Thus, it’s no surprise that fixed wireless providers are often asked, “Does weather affect fixed wireless Internet?”

    The answer? Yes, it can if it’s not deployed correctly – and that is one of the primary reasons the technology gets overlooked. However, with informed engineering and experience, fixed wireless networks can be unaffected by weather. For example, before building out any wireless network, GeoLinks’ in-house engineering team first looks at an area’s terrain, historical weather patterns, rain fade, and thermal ducting. Based on the data collected and considering the distance of the shot and required bandwidth, they choose the best frequency or frequencies and carrier-grade equipment for the specific region and build. With multiple failover paths, every GeoLinks network eventually connects to a fiber optic backbone to ensure true network redundancy. The result? A stable, high-speed fixed wireless network designed to withstand the elements.

    Plus, GeoLinks can craft a disaster recovery plan for your business to help you combat any weather event or natural disaster you encounter.

    Why Should Your Business Implement Fixed Wireless Internet?

    In addition to being weather-proof, Fixed Wireless Internet is:

    • Quick to deploy – fixed wireless Internet networks can be deployed in a fraction of the time of competing wired technologies.
    • Cost-effective – by avoiding costly trenching, fixed wireless Internet networks are far less expensive to build and have a lower impact on the environment.
    • Widely available – because they use radio waves, fixed wireless Internet networks can reach areas “off the grid,” such as rural America.
    • Uptime – Fixed wireless Internet networks have multipoint redundancy built-in. This provides always-on connectivity with close to 100% uptime.

    Comparing Fixed Wireless Internet to other Business Internet Options

    Fixed Wireless Business Internet Comparison Chart 



    GeoLinks’ Fixed Wireless Internet Case Studies – Proof of Concept

    Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Multi-Site Locations:

    A great case study to prove the potential of a well-constructed fixed wireless network is GeoLinks’ project with global coffee distributor Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. In 2016, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was slated to open a series of new locations in Southern California in just 20 days and needed more than 30 circuits to support their public Wi-Fi and POS systems. The company initially contracted to provide a terrestrial connection was projecting massive delays and restrictions of available bandwidth. To meet their quickly approaching deadlines, the company looked to contract an outside local provider to administer a temporary solution. Enter GeoLinks.

    GeoLinks successfully delivered more than 30 redundant circuits to all new store locations in just 14 days, enabling the stores to open as planned.

    GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ initially was hired as a temporary backup solution while Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s copper network was installed. However, ClearFiber’s seamless operation, combined with further buildout delays, led Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to cancel its copper installations altogether and to use GeoLinks as their primary provider.

    The decision to use GeoLinks paid off again when Southern California was hit with a massive storm in the Spring of 2017, causing outages across the state as California’s poor irrigation caused underground reservoirs to flood for nearly two weeks straight. As terrestrial cables live underground, many of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s pre-existing locations operated on copper and experienced extended outages and downtime. All of their ClearFiber™ locations, on the other hand, remained unaffected and avoided outages and downtime altogether.

    You can learn more about our success story with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf here, or you can download the PDF of the case study here.

    Coffee Bean Case Study

    Catalina Island - Does weather affect fixed wireless?

    Santa Catalina Island:

    Santa Catalina Island is located more than 20 miles off the California coast, which creates an ongoing problem to secure reliable high-speed Internet access. Before 2016, most island residents lived with either unreliable satellite or cellular connections or no access whatsoever. At one point in time, the island commissioned an outside network builder to deliver a fixed wireless connection to solve this problem. Unfortunately, however, the design was dramatically impacted by weather and atmospheric ducting, causing consistent drops, outages, packet loss, and high latency. The poorly designed network left residents and businesses with an unsustainable and unreliable network.

    In 2016, GeoLinks was brought in by an affiliate partner to design a custom solution that would deliver Catalina its first-ever reliable and redundant multi-gigabit network. By understanding the inherent issues of thermal ducting and rain fade, and by examining over 50 years of weather patterns, the GeoLinks team, led by CTO Ryan Hauf and CEO Skyler Ditchfield, were able to conceptualize an innovative network design in under two weeks.

    Having ample tower coverage supported by fiberoptic backbones throughout Southern California, GeoLinks’ team of expert engineers then were able to construct a fully redundant network in just 60 days. Using multiple paths over various frequencies to deliver long-haul middle mile, the system was built to seamlessly failover when rain or packet loss was detected, preventing the island from ever experiencing a perceived outage.

    GeoLinks – The Most Reliable Fixed Wireless Internet Provider

    So, let’s answer our initial questions. When engineered effectively, fixed wireless Internet is a reliable technology that can withstand extreme weather conditions and perform equal, if not better than, a wired connection. With innovative companies like GeoLinks building businesses and anchor institutions multi-gigabit networks that guarantee ultra-low latency, virtually no jitter, 99.999% uptime, fixed wireless Internet may very well be the best Internet solution for your business.

    Ready to Try GeoLinks’ Weather-Proof Business Internet Option ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Internet?

    Chat with one of our in-house experts to see if ClearFiber™ is right for your business.

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    Employee Spotlight – Accounting Clerk, Frankie Garcia

    One of GeoLinks’ most recent hires, Frankie Garcia joined the team in June. We sat down with him to learn a little more about what his transition into his new role has been like.

    1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

    I am an Accounting Clerk. I process all payments and checks for our customers, handle new customer invoicing and I’m the main one that handles any billing questions.

    1. What’s your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?

    The atmosphere and the culture that is instilled here. Our relaxed dress code allows you to feel unique, like an individual while still being part of professional, corporate environment.

    1. Being a recent hire, how has your onboarding and transition gone?

    Being new and transitioning into the role, it’s been a great opportunity to learn a broad set of skills in accounting. There’s been a lot of new material, but my supervisors have been great at showing me the nuances needed to do my job. For someone new and entry level, I feel very supported.

    1. Outside of work, what is your favorite past time or hobby?

    I enjoy being in nature a lot. Going hiking and going to the beach are my favorite pastimes. I enjoy music a lot and have quite a variety in my musical tastes.

    1. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

    I’m a gamer. I play computer games. League of Legends is my favorite.

    1. If you could have any job, other than your current job, what would you be doing?

    I would ideally like to work for a non-profit. One that works with combating pollution, particularly cleaning up our oceans.

    1. If you could live in any other time period, when would it be?

    I would go back to the renaissance area and see what it was like to be in Florence during that time.

    1. What is your favorite movie and why?

    The Lion King… It’s a classic.

    1. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of the future with GeoLinks?

    The potential for our company’s growth and the chance to be a part of it. Personally, I’m just excited about the opportunities that it will bring for me.

     

    GeoLinks Welcomes Industry Veteran, Hugh Vujnovich as New Channel Manager

    We’re pleased to announce another addition to our team, in the form of telecom industry expert, Hugh Vujnovich as our newest Channel Manager. We sat down with Hugh to learn a little more about his background and the unique value he brings to agent partners.

     

    1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Hugh. How did you break into the telecom industry.

    In my early 20’s, I started traveling, as many of my fellow Kiwis are known to do. I was actually on my way to Europe and I ended up in California! As you might expect of a young man in his early 20’s, I ran out of money rather quickly and I needed a job. My background was in engineering, but I ended up finding a job in the telecom industry. After working in the role for about 18 months, I realized I really had a knack for it, so I went out and started my own company.

    1. That certainly is an interesting route you took to California and to telecom. What was your experience like running your own business within the industry?

    I loved helping my employees evolve and grow, as I did with our partners. Telecom hardware distribution and the channel are kindred spirits. It is your job to educate, nurture, and empower resellers as well as agents with the tools and knowledge needed to sell your solution.

    1. Given your experience, what do you see as the biggest value you can provide to partners as a GeoLinks Channel manager?

    It is the expertise and the consultative approach we take for our agents that enable them to succeed in the market place.

    1. With all the change you’ve seen in the industry over the years, what’s one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

    The transition from CAPEX to OPEX revenue has been the biggest change I have seen and a difficult challenge for some but as long as we remember it’s the relationship with our agents and their relationship with their customers that provides the path to success for all of us, you will be successful.

    1. That sounds like advice that applies to the modern day as well. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any personal details?

    Well I’m a SoCal guy now and I know the market very well. I’ve been here in Costa Mesa for the last 25 years. My wife and I raised our three kids here and just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I guess the only thing to add would be that if you work with me, you should know I only support two teams: the New Zealand All Blacks and anybody playing Australia!

    1. Good to know, Hugh. What’s the best way to get in touch with you?

    I’m active on LinkedIn and am connected with a lot of my industry friends there. But you can email me anytime or call me directly at (949) 533-6304.

    GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ Wins 2020 Visionary Spotlight Award for Fixed Wireless Business Technology

    Scottsdale, Ariz — ChannelVision Magazine has recognized GeoLinks, a provider of fixed wireless and fiber connectivity as well as SD-WAN and HostedVoice services,  as a winner in the 2020 Visionary Spotlight Awards for Fixed Wireless Business Technology for its ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Solution.

    “We are honored to present GeoLinks with a 2020 Business Technology VSA for Wi-Fi & Fixed Wireless Solutions,” said Beka Business Media president and CEO Berge Kaprelian. “GeoLinks was recognized for the innovation of its ClearFiber™ and ClearFiber+™ fixed wireless solutions, which deliver up to 10Gbps of dedicated enterprise-grade internet with identical latency and jitter as fiber. Congratulations to the entire team at GeoLinks.”

    ClearFiber™ is the first fixed wireless solution to use renewable energy to generate telecom-grade internet circuits. By building state-of-the-art solar- and wind-powered telecommunications facilities, GeoLinks is able to build off the grid in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of fiber. In Q4 2020 GeoLinks is taking another leap forward in innovation with the launch of ClearFiber+™ enhanced wireless technology that offers fixed wireless at multigigabit speeds and market disruptive prices in the company’s famously expedited timeframe (7-10 days). ClearFiber+™ will deliver fiber-quality Internet with 100 times greater speed, ultra-low latency, low jitter and 99.999% uptime.

    ChannelVision’s editors hand-picked the winners that best demonstrated creativity, feature set differentiation and forward-thinking ability, as well as the ability to help drive growth for channel partners and their business customers.

    “We are thrilled to be recognized as a visionary by ChannelVision Magazine,” said Phillip Deneef, Chief Strategy Officer for GeoLinks. “The indirect sales channel is a vital part of our success and we’re glad to bring innovative solutions like ClearFiber™ and ClearFiber+™ to help them solve  communications challenges for their business clients whether they’re in metro or rural areas.”

     

    About GeoLinks

    Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America four-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

     

    About the Visionary Spotlight Awards

    ChannelVision’s annual Visionary Spotlight Awards competition was created to highlight channel and service provider innovation in communications. The awards honor outstanding products, services, and deployments across numerous technology categories.  Visionary Spotlight Award winners exemplify this goal, showcasing the communications industry’s overall innovation, capacity for future-thinking execution, creativity, and feature set differentiation; and offering channel partners a cornucopia of opportunities to boost their roles as trusted providers. For more information about the Visionary Spotlight Awards program, click here or contact Berge Kaprelian at [email protected].

    GeoLinks Recognized Globally as Great Place to Work

    With a 92 percent confidence rating, GeoLinks celebrates its third consecutive year of recognition.

    Camarillo, CA – GeoLinks recently announced that it is once again, Great Place to Work-Certified™. A significant achievement, certification is validated by gathering employee feedback through Great Place to Work’s rigorous, data-driven method. The most recent certification confirms that 9 out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience at GeoLinks. A summary of GeoLinks’s ratings can be found at http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/geolinks.

    “We are thrilled to be Great Place to Work-Certified™,” said GeoLinks President, Ryan Adams. “It shows that our commitment to creating an inclusive, motivating and inspiring workplace is recognized and appreciated by our employees. It also continues to hold us accountable so that as we grow, we continue to measure our success not only by performance metrics, but by the overwhelmingly positive mindset that is present throughout our organization.”

    “We congratulate GeoLinks on their Certification,” said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Best Workplace List Research at Great Place to Work. “Organizations that earn their employees’ trust create great workplace cultures that deliver outstanding business results.”

    According to the study, 92 percent of employees at GeoLinks say it is a great place to work, compared to 59 percent of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.

     

    About GeoLinks

    Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WANCloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

     

    About Great Place to Work

    Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees around the world and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Great Place to Work helps organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Their unparalleled benchmark data is used to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® and World’s Best list published annually in Fortune. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a Great Place to Work For All™.

    To learn more, visit greatplacetowork.com, listen to the podcast Better by Great Place to Work, and read “A Great Place to Work for All.” Join the community on LinkedInTwitter, and Instagram.

    GeoLinks CEO, Skyler Ditchfield Named to List of 200 Most Influential Business Leaders in California’s San Fernando Valley

    July 24, 2020 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

    Camarillo, CA – GeoLinks, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Southern California, announced that its CEO and cofounder, Skyler Ditchfield has been named to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s (SFVBJ annual “Valley 200” list of the most influential business and community leaders in the region.

    “It’s an honor to be recognized amongst this prestigious group of community and business leaders,” said Ditchfield. “I would be remiss not to acknowledge the incredible work my team at GeoLinks has done to put company leadership in a position to be recognized. Their dedication to our mission is something that I am truly proud of.”

    Under Ditchfield’s leadership, the company has experienced tremendous year-over-year growth, landing GeoLinks on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running.  An industry thought leader, Ditchfield is a voting member of the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, as well as several other FCC working groups and advisory boards. He is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council, a board member for Ventura County’s Economic Development Collaborative (EDC-VC) and a strategic advisory committee and board member for the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB).

    An industry leader in the closing of the digital divide, GeoLinks was the largest grant winner in the state of California in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund Phase II Auction in 2018. The $88 million award equips the company to roll out high-speed internet service to some of the most underconnected rural areas in California and Nevada. GeoLinks was also the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries from 2016 through 2020, focusing deployment efforts on connecting rural schools and libraries throughout the state of California and beyond.

    “[The Valley 200 list] is 200 people we consider the most influential in the [San Fernando] Valley area,” wrote Charles Crumpley, SFVBJ publisher and editor in a July edition of the business publication. “Some are driven business owners or operators. Others are at the helm of organizations that strive to make our community a better place. A few are top educators. Many are professionals. But all are engaged and active. They are the most influential people in our community.”

    About GeoLinks

    Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

    Size Doesn’t Matter: SD-WAN Benefits Every Business Network

    When you think about a wide area network (WAN), you likely picture a network covering a large geographic area, connecting smaller local area networks (LANs) at each company location. It follows, then that a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) would function similarly over an expansive, multilocation enterprise network. And, you’d be right, but not completely.

    SD-WAN also delivers its signature reliability, redundancy, security and cost savings to single-site businesses. With SD-WAN, size doesn’t matter; it works wonders for every business network.

    All businesses – even those with only one location — require Internet connections because their vital systems are no longer all on-premises, but reside in the cloud, including:

    • communications with voice or video calling and web collaboration
    • computing infrastructure like Microsoft Azure, Google Public Cloud or Amazon Web Services for hosting website, e-commerce sites and other applications
    • storage, backup or file-sharing applications like Dropbox or Datto
    • software applications like Microsoft Office 365 or Salesforce CRM

    That’s where SD-WAN comes in, delivering connections suitable for large enterprises but affordable for agile startups.

    SD-WAN offers many benefits to businesses large and small. Here are the top five:

     

    1. Cost Savings — SD-WAN creates a single network infrastructure that includes many connection types, such as cable, DSL or wireless LTE. This allows your business to replace (or reduce the use of) expensive private MPLS connections with cost-effective public Internet connections. In addition, expensive routing hardware is replaced with software that provisions connectivity from the cloud.
    2. Bandwidth Elasticity – SD-WAN also aggregates connections of any type, from any provider to enable you to boost bandwidth more economically, relieving network congestion or improving response times for applications.
    3. Enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) – Best-of breed SD-WAN provides a software-based overlay on your network to deliver central network management, automation and traffic prioritization. GeoLinks, for example, delivers SD-WAN that ensures optimal application performance with dynamic multipath optimization (DMPO) and routing capabilities, including application-aware packet link steering and on-demand remediation. In other words, GeoLinks’ SD-WAN ensures real-time applications like voice and video during phone calls and web meetings take priority over other less sensitive traffic, such as email.
    4. Business Continuity – Perhaps the single-most important benefit of SD-WAN is preventing network downtime, which can cost businesses thousands of dollars per minute. By using redundant links – often from diverse providers, SD-WAN can provide constant connections. This can be set up for a primary connection to failover to a backup link, such as LTE Wireless, which is an economical option for point-of-sale (PoS) applications in retail locations. For critical real-time traffic, multiple connections can be active at the same time so that if one fails, there’s no data loss. In an active-active scenario, you won’t even be aware an outage has occurred as your connection will never drop and quality of service is guaranteed.
    5. Improved Data Security – Many, but not all, SD-WAN solutions can mitigate security threats. GeoLinks’ solution, for example, includes an integrated firewall that provide comprehensive encryption and micro-segmentation to secure the flow of your data. In this case, site-to-site traffic can be encrypted, lowering the volume of traffic that needs to be inspected, making security easier to manage and more cost-effective.

     

    GeoLinks’ SD-WAN solution also can support security features, such as restricting traffic to and from specific sites. Additionally, each SD-WAN implementation has a centralized orchestrator which will monitor your network activity and alert your business to potential problems.

    Just from this short list, it’s clear that SD-WAN delivers benefits that are desirable for any size business that depends on Internet connections. And, it will even work alongside an MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) links, so you get the best of both worlds.

    Not sure what you need? GeoLinks’ SD-WAN specialists can engineer an SD-WAN solution that’s right-sized for your business.

     

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