Rochester, N.Y. —
As the trend of streaming movies and television shows becomes more popular, so does the demand for faster, better internet connections. It is because of that demand that installers at Greenlight Networks have been busy lately, setting up fiber at homes across the area.
This week, they are in the Rochster’s ABC Streets Neighborhood, where Tom Hasman has been waiting seven months for his fiber install.
“You have a lot of streaming options, which we like to use,” said Hasman. “I have a file-sharing site which I share pictures with all my family. So I’m trying to upload pictures, trying to stream Netflix, I video conference at work – so Greenlight is the answer.”
Hasman works from home, and uses the internet for everything.
Greenlight needs about 75-100 people to sign up before it creates what it calls a district. So when the company met with his neighborhood last fall about fiber, Hasman set out to get the required number.
“I decided to go door-to-door spreading the word on Greenlight and convincing my neighbors to sign up,” Hasman said.
“The internet speed is as fast as the speed of light,” said Casey Henninger, Marketing Operations Coordinator at Greenlight Networks. “So you’re able to stream on multiple devices, upload anything, download anything.”
Henninger said with more people turning to streaming, this has been the company’s best few quarters since it started in 2011.
“You can actually stream ESPN through your Playstation, your Xbox – you can get a lot of cable channels, like HGTV.”
At Hasman’s house, the install was quick. The first internet tests show what he called a “super fast” increase in both download and upload speeds.
“More download speed, more upload speed; like I said, I think I’m going to have very happy kids tonight,” Hasman said.
As for the costs, Hasman said he’ll be paying the same amount as he did with his previous provider.
Greenlight provides service in Brighton, Pittsford, East Rochester, Irondequoit, West Henrietta and Webster.
Rochester was recently named the eleventh best city in the country for fiber internet technology by PC Magazine.
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