When It’s Time to Consider Dark Fiber

The late 90s were, excuse the pun, some dark times for dark fiber. Luckily, though, it has made quite the comeback. When considering the ever-growing bandwidth needs of wireless users, and the fact that enterprises are relying more and more on application-intensive services, the expanding need for dark fiber infrastructure makes perfect sense. But how do you know if your business is in need of dark fiber and if so, when is it appropriate to take the infrastructure plunge?

Originally dark fiber was considered a chore; only brought out by the big gun enterprises that required secure, fast solutions. Those long-term leases and fears of equipment maintenance didn’t help either. In reality, dark fiber does offer significant benefits. It’s faster, allows owner flexibility and reduces cost.

Financial institutions have been on the dark fiber bandwagon for some time (we even wrote a blog about it). These businesses recognize the fast and secure performance that dark fiber infrastructure supports. And of course with anything fiscally related, having the greatest competitive edge equals higher profit margins. Interestingly enough, the public sector is beginning to reap the benefits of dark fiber as well.

Now, in the macbook-height of the Internet age, both government and educational institutions are noticing that when bringing your data online, bandwidth needs only tend to grow. With dark fiber, these public entities are able to manage their bandwidth capacity rather than relying on ISPs to manage it for them – which tends to be a slower and more of a headache-inducing process. Additionally, with funding constraints, government and educational organizations find that dark fiber meets the needs of reducing costs, or what we like to call predictable ownership economics, while also allowing them to scale bandwidth quickly and securely. It shifts the balance of power back to the user.

Overall, dark fiber meets these high-bandwidth needs. With an ever-growing pool of applications on the rise, and increasingly simplified equipment management options, dark fiber infrastructure promises speed and control. For those service providers, enterprises both big and small, and public sector organizations looking to enhance network capabilities at its core, look no further than Axiom Fiber Networks’ dark fiber.

At Axiom Fiber, we believe you should be in business for your customers, and that means having a strong network behind you, without having to relinquish control. We pride ourselves on being able to mobilize quickly, change with the technology and adapt to any and all client needs.

Start operating with speed, simplicity and confidence and reach out for a quote today.

A New Yorker’s Right to Connect

As Americans, we have become accustomed to certain rights and privileges. These privileges are essential to the backbone of our nation and for the progress of our people. In recent years, connectivity has become one of those privileges. National and local initiatives alike have emphasized the significance of connectivity and the government is working to provide reliable and affordable Internet solutions for all.NYC-1

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration have worked tirelessly to establish programs that boast reliable and affordable connectivity. The mayor’s latest initiative, announced in July, promises an investment of up to $10 million in free broadband service for local public housing developments in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The goal? To secure affordable Internet access for all New Yorkers and close the “homework gap”, which has been denying hardworking students in low-income communities the benefit of a technology-enriched education.

As an infrastructure services provider, Axiom Fiber Networks is following these initiatives closely and intently. It is our goal to work alongside our local government to provide Internet access. Connectivity is no longer a luxury, but a right.

Let’s put this in perspective. According to an analysis by the Center for Economic Opportunity, 22% of New York City households do not have Internet service. A recent Pew study has deduced that half of all people with no or limited home Internet—who rely on their smartphones for connectivity—have had to cancel or suspend phone service due to financial restraints. As a result, citywide initiatives to expand broadband access have been aggressive, beginning earlier this year when the de Blasio administration committed $70 million in capital investment for free or low-cost wireless service for low-income communities.new_york_city_department_of_information_technology_and_telecommunications

But that’s just the beginning.

New York City is developing and implementing citywide programs that encourage broadband adoption and promote access. Wi-Fi service is being provided to public parks and throughout key areas in Harlem. LinkNYC is using New York’s existing payphone infrastructure to create a first-of-its-kind communications network that will bring Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers as well as small business and tourists. The five-borough LinkNYC network, which will be funded through advertising revenues, will be built at no cost to taxpayers and will generate more than $500 million in revenue for the city over the first 12 years. NYC Connected Communities expands the availability of public computer centers and classes throughout the five boroughs, offering an array of new resources for digital literacy, employment support and other critical services. Finally, for us telecommunications professionals, franchise programs are being put into place to encourage work multiple arenas, including the laying of fiber optic cable.

It is time to recognize that high-speed Internet is no longer a luxury, but a critical service that must be available and affordable.

As a telecom infrastructure services provider, it is Axiom Fiber’s mission to work alongside government organizations to provide affordable and customizable connectivity solutions. Our dense and fiber-rich network offers seamless connectivity that has the ability to enable broadband proliferation across underserved communities. The digital age has begun and New Yorkers deserve best-in-class networks and service that allow them to stay competitive within their community. It’s not just about business, but preserving core values and future-proofing generations to come.

For more information on New York City’s government-led broadband initiatives, please visit www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor or www.nyc.gov.

To learn more about Axiom Fiber Networks and to explore our network solutions, please visit www.axiomfiber.com/solutions.