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Aug 2, 2021

Why Fiber Is Better

Why Fiber Is Better

There’s a revolution happening at the speed of light in your community: Fiber-to-the-home internet service is coming to Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, and the benefits are life-changing.

Petit Jean Electric, the company you know and trust for all your electric needs, is working as fast as we can to bring high-speed broadband service to our members through our fiber subsidiary, Petit Jean Fiber. This world-class fiber internet will bring the fastest speeds to your area for both downloads and uploads – no more delays or interruptions, even when streaming media.

You’ve heard of broadband, but what does that really mean? Why is fiber internet better?

The Technology

Broadband commonly refers to high-speed internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access. Broadband fiber-optic networks can deliver voice, data, video and email services over the internet.

Sending and receiving data is quick and easy for fiber-optic networks which work at the speed of light. Along with fast transmission speeds, an extremely high amount of data can be carried by fiber optic networks. Fiber internet will bring more reliability than any other network because it’s less susceptible to interference and damage from lightning or weather.

But how does fiber technology work? Fiber-optic systems are a collection of small strands of glass that use light waves to carry data. This process has much faster internet speeds and is more reliable than traditional copper lines. Other internet providers use fiber in their systems, but switch to copper lines when connecting to the home, leading to slower internet speeds. Petit Jean Electric and other cooperatives who are connected believe 100% FTTH is the gold standard of internet service. The reliability and speeds of fiber internet are unmatched. With our FTTH service, we offer “symmetrical” speeds, meaning uploading or downloading will have the same high-speeds.

The Benefits

Having broadband availability in our cooperative’s service area will help close the digital divide and bring the same high-speed internet that cities have to rural areas. Reliable high-speed internet access comes with endless possibilities, such as:

  • online teaching capabilities for effective distance learning
  • healthcare benefits such as telemedicine
  • work-from-home interoffice connectivity and videoconferencing capabilities to optimize productivity for professionals
  • quality of life improvements through enhanced communications with family and friends and endless entertainment options
  • economic development and growth from new businesses and booming real estate markets

Petit Jean Electric members have no need to rely on DSL, fixed wireless or satellite internet to stay connected online with fiber internet. The ability to stream high-definition media, have the data capacity to download and upload data such as files, photos and videos, and have access to the latest technological advancements and applications has never been a faster or smoother process. You will be able to run all cell phones, computers, laptops and smart home devices simultaneously in your home or business without decreased download and upload speeds. There are no data caps or bandwidth throttling (intentional slowing or speeding of internet service) with our service.

In addition, by connecting our electric substations and offices with fiber, Petit Jean Fiber will create a smart grid with more automation capabilities to better serve our members. Smart grid capabilities – the standard for optimum electric infrastructure – allows our devices to communicate with each other and delivers benefits such as improved power outage response times, better load balancing, more efficient electricity delivery and others.

How can you let us know you’re interested in our blazing-fast broadband services?

The best way to stay in the know is to preregister for fiber at to be notified by email of construction updates and when service will be available in your area. Preregistering is not a commitment to subscribe to our service; it just keeps you up to date on what is coming next. Even if your community is not in the first phase of the project, we encourage you to sign up and let us know you are interested.

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