With Wi-Fi used by gadgets such as refrigerators, speakers, telephones, laptops and televisions, the average family has nearly 20 devices connected to the internet, according to Antietam Broadband.
With that kind of use in mind, Antietam announced the first launch of a multi-gig network in Washington County on Thursday. Antietam’s network, dubbed “Flight Fiber,” will give just over 2,000 residential and business customers in Boonsboro access to more gig broadband.
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Flight Fiber offers speeds of up to 2.3 gigabits with the flexibility to add more speed in the future.
“The average customer now has 18 devices connected to their Wi-Fi,” said Brian Lynch, president of Antietam Broadbandsaid in an interview Friday.
The Flight Fiber network offers symmetric upload and download speeds, enhanced security and reliability, and no data caps or contracts, the company said in a press release.
Boonsboro is one of the few towns in Maryland, and the first in Washington County, to have access to multi-gig speeds, according to Antietam Broadband. Customers can contact: Antietam Broadband Customer Service for details.
Lynch said the company plans to roll out the multi-gig service to parts of the Hagerstown area in the fall.
“Next year there will be more,” he said.
‘Exciting for Boonsboro’
The latest upgrade continues Antietam’s expansion of its broadband capabilities for customers. In 2016 Hagerstown became Maryland’s first privately funded “gigabit city”, with speeds up to 1 gigabit, through an investment from Antietam.
With the new network announced Thursday, customers will have an enhanced experience of online learning, remote work, gaming and benefits for homes using multiple devices.
According to Antietam, the Flight Fiber system will ensure that each connected device has more functionality and reduced latency or latency.
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“The launch of Flight Fiber underscores our commitment to Boonsboro and all of Washington County. Our fiber network is designed to enable us to rapidly deploy technology as it emerges, all to the benefit of our customers,” Lynch said in the press release.
“It’s exciting for Boonsboro to be one of the first in the county to enjoy a multi-gig network,” Boonsboro Mayor Howard Long said in the release. “I’m thrilled that our residents and businesses will have access to this cutting-edge technology.”
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