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  At HuronTel, we are committed to providing cutting edge technology to the communities we serve. With our Fibre to the Home and Fibre to the Curb initiative, HuronTel customers have access to one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in Ontario and reap the benefits of vibrant Digital TV, lightning fast High Speed Internet and crystal clear Telephone Service. All of these elements combined with HuronTel Cellular Services provide you with the ultimate HuronTel Home.
  The Basics
What are Fibre Optics?

Fiber optics are long, thin strands of very pure glass about the diameter of a human hair. They are arranged in bundles called fi ber optic cables and use light instead of electricity to carry a signal. The light signals represent data, which is capable of traveling at the speed of light.

Interesting Fact: One bundle of fibre cable not much thicker than a pencil can carry ALL of the world's current communications traffic.
  How do Fibre Optics work?
To understand how fibre optic cable works, imagine yourself looking through a very long flexible plastic pipe several miles long, with the inside surface of the pipe coated with a perfect mirror. Several miles away at the other end, a friend turns on a flashlight and shines it into the pipe. Because the interior of the pipe is a perfect mirror, the flashlight’s beam will reflect off the sides of the pipe (even though the pipe may curve and twist) you will see it at the other end. If your friend were to turn the flashlight on and off in a Morse Code fashion, your friend could communicate with you through the pipe. This is the essence of a fiber optic cable.
  What is HuronTel Fibre to the Home or Fibre to the Curb?
Involves the installation of fibre optic cabling to or near your home or business. This fibre optic cable will facilitate a plethora of new services delivered directly to your door. These services include:
  • 100% Digital HD Television including Personal Video Recording, Time Shifting and more!
  • High Speed Internet delivered at Lightning Fast Speeds.
  • Crystal Clear Home Phone with Battery Backup during Power Outage.
  Stages of Installation
STAGE 1: Burying Fibre Optic Cables
  -Fibre optic cables are buried underground, much like copper cables.
  STAGE 2: Fibre to the Home/Business
  -You will receive a letter, call, or a visit from HuronTel to tell you when we will begin in your area
-HuronTel technicians will mount boxes called ONT's (Optical Network Terminals) or Gateways in each home & business.
  STAGE 3: Activation
  -Once the equipment is activated, our central office technicians will program the equipment to provide the enhanced services.
-Additional services can be added at any time.
  Why is this important to me?
  Fibre technology is unique because it can carry massive amounts of information, called bandwidth, over long distances without degradation. Copper can also carry high bandwidth, but only for a few hundred yards; after which the signal begins to degrade and bandwidth narrows. Connected homes and businesses receive a wider range of products and services. You can be sure the leap into the next-generation broadband will inspire further innovations that we cannot even imagine!
  What are the benefits of having this service at my house or business?
1) Greater Capacity: Today's homeowners are using technologies that require more and more bandwidth, and fibre optics are the only medium that can keep up with the bandwidth demand.
2) Cost-Effective: Data can travel many miles in a split-second. This speed allows a more cost-effective method to transmit large amounts of data to everyone's homes. Several miles of fibre optic cable can be made cheaper than equivalent lengths of copper wire.
3) Future-Proofing: Once installed, fibre is usually upgraded by changing the electronics that creates the light pulses, and not by replacing the cable itself. That's why fibre networks are said to be "future-proof."
  Questions & Answers
  How much will installing fibre to my home cost?
With this introductory offer, we are waiving all construction costs. When we activate the new equipment you will have higher quality telephone service and can subscribe to some new and exciting enhanced services. We will be offering these new enhanced service packages to you soon.
  Will getting fibre to the home destroy my yard?
We will make all efforts to minimize any disturbance of your property and all necessary restoration will be completed promptly. Those provided with service via Fibre to the Curb will see no disturbance.
  Will installing fibre make my home more valuable?
A house is generally worth much more if it has access to a public street, water, and sewer services, public schools and other “utilities” than if it does not. Consider this question, “Why would you equip your home with 120-year-old technology that costs as much as (or more than) fiber, and will be totally obsolete in just a few years?”
  Will fibre increase my rates?
No. Your service prices will not be affected if you choose to only have the new higher quality services.

What do I need to do to get the service to my home or business?
First, we will need your authorization by having you fill out a permission slip to allow us to install fiber optic cable to your home. We can provide you the permission slip by simply calling our office. We will then dispatch one of our technicians to your home where he will check for power and proper grounding, and install the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) or Gateway device to the outside of your home.

  What if I do not want to have fibre optics installed at this time?
The fibre optic cable will be laid to your lot line and buried in an underground vault at the curb for future use.
  What is HuronTel Digital HD TV?
Using our state-of-the-art fiber optic network, HuronTel Digital HD TV is the cutting edge of entertainment and will transform the way you experience television. HuronTel Digital TV has an unparalleled channel lineup and the most robust Basic Digital TV package around, as well as exciting features such as a dual-tuner Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and Choose Your Channel capabilities. With HuronTel Digital HD TV, you'll be enjoying the very latest in digital technology from the comfort of your own home.
  All Your Favorites in One Place.
  Click here to view our full line up of Digital Television Channels and Packages.
  How does HuronTel Digital HD TV differ from Cable Service?
Traditional cable TV networks use mostly coaxial cable to deliver service to your home. HuronTel Digital HD TV is 100% fiber-optic technology straight to your living room. HuronTel's Fibre to the Home network provides unparalleled bandwidth allowing you the luxury of more channels and more high definition programming.
  How does HuronTel Digital HD TV differ from Satellite Service?
Satellite providers require you to install a dish onto your home and require a clear line of sight in order to receive service. With HuronTel Fibre to the Home, all of your HuronTel services are delivered straight to your door via our fibre optic network. That means inclimate weather conditions will not effect your viewing habits. Plus, no need to pay for several different theme packages in order to get all the channels you want. HuronTel offers you the ability to Choose Your Channel, and a limited number of theme packages jam packed with all your favorite channels for one low monthly rate.
  Can I still hook up my older TV set to Digital HD TV?
HuronTel uses your existing coax cable connection for our Digital HD TV service, making installation easy and unobtrusive.
  When and Where?
  We ask for your patience during this upgrading period and believe you will find the benefits of the fibre network will far outweigh any short term inconvenience you may experience. This is an investment in the future that we feel will bring value to our customers and our communities.
  In addition to the villages of Ripley and Lucknow, the Town of Goderich currently enjoys fibre based services. Starting in 2011, thanks to assistance from both the Federal and Provincial Governments, those portions of Huron-Kinloss, Kincardine, and Ashfield-Colborne-West Wawanosh including Port Albert , Dungannon and the Point Clark area will be serviced with this exciting new technology.
  Keep an eye on your mailbox or check the HuronTel newsletter online as we will be posting information with details.
  Final Thoughts..
  Our goal is to keep you in touch, logged on, entertained and communicating without complications. As a locally owned and operated telecommunication cooperative, HuronTel has been on the cutting edge of technology serving you and your neighbors for over 100 years! We are proud to make our communities the most advanced telecommunication systems in our area. We are committed to providing the most advanced products & services as well as the best customer care possible. Our knowledgeable and experienced team of professionals are also members of your community and take pride in serving you. We value your business and look forward to serving all your telecommunications needs in the months and years to come.
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