How does a town like Easton help spur economic development and appeal to technology-savvy businesses? While the charm of our Town may be a driving force, there is one more compelling component. Gigabit connectivity. The expansive fiber optic network throughout the Town of Easton is providing gigabit speed to entities such as public health and education.
There has been significant media buzz recently highlighting the impressive speed of gigabit, and various cities across the US are claiming designation as a ‘gigabit city’. The Town of Easton can tout they are a “gigabit town” thanks to Easton Utilities. Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities, had a proactive mindset years ago when upgrading the cable system. “Broadband is as critical to Easton as electricity, gas and water, especially for businesses,” said Ted L. Book, Director of Cable and Communications for Easton Utilities. “We recognized the expectation for increasing speed early on and made gigabit speed available to those for whom it was essential.”
In 2002, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Systems required an enhanced technology infrastructure to enable each multiple facilities to connect seamlessly with one another. Easton Velocity created a customized network to support the wide variety of needs. The network was upgraded in 2015 to include gigabit services. “Our constant demand to send confidential information between providers can only be met with the level of speed gigabit offers. We are fortunate Easton Velocity can deliver this technology, as this directly impacts our commitment to our patients’ satisfaction,” said Robert Frank, Regional SVP of Operations at UM Shore Regional Health.
Talbot County Board of Education’s main offices and all schools have been connected via a fiber optic network since 2010, providing fast and reliable data transmissions and distance learning opportunities. In 2015, the school network was upgraded to include gigabit services. “We believe students living in rural areas should have the same opportunities as are found in metropolitan areas,” added Book.
Easton Velocity will continue to roll out enhanced services to businesses in order to maintain the economic vitality in Easton. As it is important to focus on the needs of the business community in the Town of Easton, system plans are being established to respond to requests from residents as well. Easton Velocity strives to continue offering the latest technology and innovations to its entire service territory.
Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities, is committed to keeping our community connected and current with a variety of service offerings designed to meet the needs of both residential and commercial customers. Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and telecommunications company operating the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, Cable Television, and Internet services for the Town of Easton and portions of the surrounding area.