PARKERSBURG - Frontier Communications is bringing advanced broadband technology and faster Internet speeds to more Wood County businesses and residents.
The Frontier network is providing a number of residential customers access to service of up to 25 megabits per second through Frontier's Broadband Ultra and Ultimate services, said Tammy Shingleton, general manager for Frontier. Businesses may have access to service of up to 40 Mbps download and up to 5 Mbps upload, a level that supports video security and the transfer of large files, she added. Frontier also offers speeds up to 1 Gigabit through its Ethernet platform.
Customers in the Davisville, Red Hill Road, Rosemar Road, Blizzard Drive, Dry Run Road, Spider Ridge Road and Camden Avenue areas may now be eligible for upgraded service.
Frontier acquired a number of Verizon properties in West Virginia in 2010 when Verizon stopped doing certain communications/phone services in the state. Frontier became the dominate carrier in the state.
''Since that time we have invested more than $300 million in the infrastructure,'' said Frontier Communications Manager Dan Page. ''We have built out broadband and improved speeds. We have done a strategic take on providing our customers with the kinds of broadband speeds that allow them to access the internet and allow businesses to conduct commerse.''
One of the issues in West Virginia has been the availability of broadband.
''We have been addressing that agressively now for three years,'' Page said. ''Frontier chose to be in business in West Virginia. We saw an opportunity here in a state that was underserved."
Frontier currently provides internet access to 87 percent of the state with access available in a number of rural areas. In Parkersburg and Wheeling there is around 90 percent coverage with around 50 percent of that using broadband. The company recently made broadband technology and faster internet speeds available to hundreds of Ravenswood residences and businesses.
''We are getting into areas that had no provider,'' Shingleton said. ''It has opened a whole new world for many people who need the internet for school and people who work from home.
''There are so many options for people in how they live their lives in being able to get the things done that they needed done.''
With new opportunities in the state's natural gas development, Page said there is a need for more broadband support. Frontier built a fiber optic network in the state.
''We are providing infrastructure,'' he said. ''It has been a daunting task, but it has also been very rewarding.''
More and more people receive their news, retrieve information, watch entertainment and call people over the internet.
''The challenge is keeping up with the demand,'' Shingleton said.
The kind of bandwith is not limited to one device in a home, like a computer, said Fred Saunders, Area Manager Engineering and Construction.
''We can power your television and all of your wireless devices all at the same time,'' he said. ''That is the kind of opportunity that has come to the community and that we helped foster.''
The company's focus has been on expanding broadband across the state.
''We have strategically and aggressively upgraded our networks to provide customers the ability to use the latest technology in their homes and businesses,'' Shingleton said. ''Frontier is transforming the market by delivering speeds that give both residents and business owners and managers the tools they need.''