As those of us who live here know, Transylvania County offers an abundance of natural beauty, a rich cultural scene and a good quality of life. Yet in today’s world, we need high tech along with high mountains. That’s why I give a “hats off” to the leadership of Comporium. They’ve invested heavily in Transylvania County, which sends the clear message that Comporium is here to stay and dedicated to helping this community become even stronger and more viable.
More specifically, Comporium has started a $5.6 million, two-year project to upgrade the cable infrastructure for most of Transylvania County. This cable infrastructure will replace the current DSL copper system and will offer tremendously faster Internet speeds of up 50 Mbps today with 100 Mbps in the near future. As of July 2015, about 500 of 8,000 cable modems have been installed, and our goal is to complete the project by the end of 2016.
What will this mean for the businesses of Transylvania County? It will, quite literally, put them on fast forward. A great example is Brevard’s lively art community. With the DSL copper system, artists were limited to a top Internet speed of about 12 Mbps. By contrast, the 50 Mbps speed available today through our new cable infrastructure will expedite the sending of large files containing photos and artwork. The same goes for the plans and drawings sent by architecture firms.
Teleconferencing is another area worth mentioning, since this business tool becomes more effective when combined with faster Internet speeds. After all, it’s hard to make a good impression during a teleconference if you’re using slow Internet.
Comporium’s cable infrastructure upgrade will also help attract new businesses to this area, since it contributes — along with things like the new free WiFi on Brevard’s Main Street — to Transylvania County’s reputation as being impressive and progressive.
If you have questions about how this cable modem project will impact you, call Comporium at 828.884.9011.