Category Archives: News

The Different Types of High Speed Internet for Business

The Different Types of High Speed Internet for Business

When people talk about high speed internet, what are they really talking about?

When you’re researching for a business high-speed internet  connection, undoubtedly the price is a huge deciding factor. Fiber will cost more than most types of internet connections. But let’s take a step back from thinking just about the price and see what each connection offers at a glance.

DSL
Digital Subscriber Line, or DSL, is a connection that is always on and uses a line separate from your phone — as opposed to dial-up. This connection uses a router to transport data and uses a range of connection speeds — between 128k and 8 Mbps. Mbps, short for megabits per second, is a measure of data transfer speed.

Cable
This internet connection is made through a cable mode and operates over cable TV lines. Since these cable lines support a broad bandwidth of data, cable internet users can still get what they need.

Wireless
A wireless connection — most of the times referred to as a Wi-Fi connection — doesn’t use a line or cable to connect someone to the internet. Instead, the connection uses a radio frequency that is always on and can deliver at high speeds.

Fiber
A fiber connection is a cable network made of fiber optics — a hair-size glass. It doesn’t rely on traditional cable or phone lines. Instead, Fiber uses a line made of glass cable. As one of the fastest internet connections, it can deliver speeds up to 1Gbps.

A note on fiber…
One of the main reasons why Fiber is more expensive is because of the current lack of infrastructure. The cables required for a fiber optic connection are not currently available in most markets, and the development of an internet connection through fiber are coming in slow. Companies and services providers must lay down new fibers and create new infrastructures to support these connections. One estimate pegs “nationwide deployment” at $140 billion, which would wipe out even Apple’s big pile of cash reserves.

Other connections, such as DSL, cable, and wireless, work on networks already established, but companies that support fiber are doing an entirely new thing. Lucky for Sun Prairie residents and business, you will have access to blazing, fast internet thanks to TDS’s recent fiber expansion.

7 LinkedIn Tips

7 LinkedIn Tips

They say, “It’s all about who you know,” when it comes to landing a job. With LinkedIn, the network of “who you know” only gets larger. That’s why it’s increasingly important to make sure you’re representing yourself accurately and professionally online. Working with a TDS Talent Acquisition Specialist in Human Resources, we came up with… Continue Reading

Does your business need a digital upgrade?

Does your business need a digital upgrade?

Over the past few decades as technology has advanced at a rapid rate, businesses have learned to adapt digitally, out of necessity to remain relevant and provide the best service possible. This undertaking by businesses to stay up-to-speed with technological advancements is the basis of digital business transformation. But before you can adapt to the… Continue Reading

Working at Home: Do it right

Working at Home: Do it right

Some people work better with ambient noise or chatter, while others work best with less distractions. If you happen to fall in the latter camp, then you might enjoy taking advantage of flexible work options. Working at home doesn’t just require an employer who gives you the opportunity to do so, it also requires a… Continue Reading

Why your salon’s internet reliability really matters

Why your salon’s internet reliability really matters

Remember the good old days? The mullet was king and everyone paid with cash or check. While the flow may be on its way back (don’t believe me, check out the annual Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team), your customer’s checkbooks are still gathering dust somewhere at the bottom of their purses. Surveys… Continue Reading

How fast internet helps set the mood for your salon

How fast internet helps set the mood for your salon

Your ambiance is your brand. How clients feel when they are in your space contributes to how often and if, they will return, how much they will spend (or be willing to pay for your services and additional products) while they are there, and even who they tell about their experience. Beauty salons, hair salons,… Continue Reading

Donating in difficult times

These days, there are just so many reasons why people want to do to something to help, to make a difference, to take action. In addition to volunteering or putting their feet to the pavement, lots of people are putting their hands in their wallets to try to make an impact. Once again, though, scammers… Continue Reading

FTC: Fighting Coronavirus

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the FTC has released dozens of warning letters against people trying to make an illegal buck off the Coronavirus. More than a month in, it seems like a good time to look back at what’s happened. If you follow this blog, you’ll know these have been busy weeks… Continue Reading

Alert for small business owners needing PPP loans

This is an alert for small business owners who are looking to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The loans help alleviate the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, but there are bad actors trying to get business owners to apply for the wrong program.… Continue Reading

Phone addiction: How it might affect your work

Phone addiction: How it might affect your work

An average employee spends 56 minutes per day using his/her phone for personal reasons. While this is an astounding amount of time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Technology has the capability of bringing more people together, and the communicative abilities of cell phones do this very well. One thing the 5 inch screens have… Continue Reading