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Taylor Telecom Is Participating in the Affordability Connectivity Program
Jun 09, 2022   09:54 AM

Good news! Taylor Telecom recently received approval from the Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC) to participate in the FCC’s Affordability Connectivity Program (ACP), which helps qualified households pay for internet service. ACP offers $30 off per monthly internet bill for eligible customers.

Households can qualify for ACP:

  • Based on household income.
  • If parent or child/dependent currently participates in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or WIC.
  • If parent or child/dependent already receives a Lifeline benefit.

Just Two Steps to Enroll

  • Go to AffordableConnectivity.gov to submit an application or print out a mail-in application; and then,
  • Contact Taylor Telecom at 325-846-4111 to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.

Additionally, households that qualify for the federal Lifeline benefit can receive that additional $9.25 discount on their Taylor bill, so the total monthly credit for that group, if eligible, is $39.25. 

Nationwide, more than 11.5 million people who previously couldn’t get internet or struggled to pay for broadband are now connected through the ACP. Being an ACP participant allows Taylor Telecom to connect more people in West Texas with affordable, fast, fiber internet, so we couldn’t be more pleased.

Fiber Facts: Benefits, Speeds, Costs, and Why It Takes So Long to Get to Your Neighborhood
May 16, 2022   04:01 PM

What’s so great about fiber?

Taylor has understood for many years that fiber is the very best technology for internet service delivery for many reasons.

  • It’s the fastest—significantly faster than cable or DSL.
  • It’s the most reliable—the signal is much less susceptible to deterioration due to distance or weather.
  • It’s symmetrical—which means the upload speeds (what you use for gaming or streaming) are just as fast as the download speeds. Other internet technologies have slower uploads, so they often advertise download speeds only.
  • It’s future-proof and sustainable—fiber networks are not only great right now, but they’re also easier to update later and less costly to maintain.

How fast is fiber?

Fiber is so fast that you will notice a big difference in the time it takes to complete many daily activities. With gigabit internet, it takes:

  • 40 seconds or less to download an HD movie, instead of 30 minutes or more over 20 Mbps internet (like what you get from cable or DSL).
  • Only 3 – 5 minutes to download your favorite video game, even if it’s graphics intensive.
  • Just minutes to back up your entire hard drive to the cloud, including large photos and videos, rather than hours.

So why doesn’t my house have access to fiber yet? And when will it?

Taylor Telecom started constructing high-speed fiber internet service in West Texas in 2006. But it takes a lot of time and money to build the underlying network.

The average cost to build a fiber network is $65,000–$80,000 per mile. As you can imagine, that makes installing fiber much, much more expensive per home in rural areas than in dense, urban areas. Luckily, there are federal, state, and local grants that help defray those costs, but those grants also take a long time to apply for and receive.

There are also hoops to jump through before installation that can be out of the internet provider’s control. Taylor needs to work with each county, the Texas Department of Transportation, and third parties for permits and agreements in order to move forward.

Please hang in there – we’re close! We are upgrading and expanding our network to high-speed fiber within nine counties: Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Coke, Runnels, and Coleman. We offer nearly 90% of our customers fiber internet, and we’re committed to reaching 100% as soon as we can! Thanks for your patience.

Most Popular Streaming Services, Shows and Movies
Apr 13, 2022   02:57 PM

What is the #1 movie on Netflix? What show is topping Hulu? Does your favorite binge series fall in the top 10? If you are interested in learning the top streaming movies and TV shows, check out FlixPatrol's running list. This site lists the top 10 each day by streaming service. Be sure to click on the title detail for more streaming analytics.

Beyond individual movies or shows, you may be wondering what the best or most popular streaming service is. Tom’s Guide has an answer for you. They’ve put HBO Max at the top of their list (for now!), but you’ll want to look at their full rankings, reasons to buy, and reasons to avoid before you make your own decisions.

Don’t forget that fast internet, like Taylor Telecom’s, is the key to accessing streaming video. Besides giving us something to do while sitting on the couch, streaming video provides a way to save money by eliminating your cable or satellite bill, simplifying your TV setup, and streaming your entertainment through the many on-demand services available today, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, and Apple TV+. Want to know more about ditching cable to save money? Read our blog about cutting the cord.

And no matter what you’re watching, make sure you have a fast internet plan! Contact Taylor at 325-846-4111 if you need help or to explore the internet options in your neighborhood.

Tech For Your Furry Friends
Mar 11, 2022   12:02 PM

“More and more, pet owners are focused on going above and beyond the bare necessities to ensure that their dog lives a happy life. IoT [the internet of things] can make this easier.”[i]

Have you ever wondered what Scout is doing while you are at work? Are you worried that Whiskers doesn’t have enough water to drink until the cat sitter comes? Is Milo an escape artist or a runner? The Pet Tech market has people like you in mind.

IoT (the “Internet of Things” is a category that covers all smart household tech) devices continue to grow in interesting new areas, and pets have not been left out of the mix. From camera/video systems to tracking collars to treat dispensers, pet owners are increasingly spending on the health and well-being of their pets. That’s not much of a surprise -- many humans think of their animals as an extension of their family.

What types of devices are available for my animals?

  • Safety and health are top concerns. Trackers on dog collars use GPS to follow your dog’s location. If a dog were to escape, he would be trackable because the tracker sends a notice to your app if the pet has left pre-defined zones.

Additionally, some dogs are running for exercise! Some tech can monitor activity for fitness, as well as monitor activities such as scratching, drinking and sleeping so it can alert you when the pet is off track from its normal routine.

Two examples are Whistle and Fitbark, both of which are not only location trackers, but also fitness trackers. Note that trackers should not replace microchips, which are important to keeping pets safe.

  • Engagement/entertainment is another category. Some of us worry about our pets being home alone, perhaps because we don’t want them to be lonely, or because we think they will get into mischief. Two-way cameras and talking or app-controlled toys allow pet “parents” to watch what their pets are doing, speak with them, play with them remotely, and even distribute treats. Furbo is a popular example of a camera that’s available.
  • Convenience is important to owners so that their pets can have Automatic feeders, waterers, and litter boxes take care of your pets when you’re away for some time. Smart pet doors let the pets get in and out of the house via a special collar. If your pet’s autonomy is important to you, take a look at products such as Catit Smart Fountain or Wayzn Smart Pet Door.

One more thing for us humans to consider: each piece of smart tech requires internet - so make sure you have enough bandwidth to keep up with them! To speed up your internet, contact Taylor Telecom today to find the right package for everyone in your household – human, canine and feline!

Please note the links in this article do not constitute Taylor Telecom recommendations but are simply examples of IoT tech that is available.

Sources:

https://www.iotforall.com/iot-products-for-puppies

https://be.chewy.com/pet-tech-watch-2021-smart-devices-serve-up-benefits-for-you-and-your-pets/  

https://welink.com/5-iot-devices-that-make-pet-care-a-breeze/

 

[i] https://www.iotforall.com/iot-products-for-puppies

Kick Off 2022 with Enough Speed for All of your Connected Devices
Jan 10, 2022   01:18 PM

This time of year, many of us are lagging—dragging ourselves back to work but not quite ready for it, Christmas decorations still to take down, extra credit card bills to pay after the holidays… Don’t let your internet speed be part of the lag. Make sure you kick the year off right, with enough speed for all your devices.

In many homes, the holidays usually bring new devices. Exciting! New consoles for the gamers, new tablets and TVs for the streamers, new phones for the tweens. But more devices lead to lagging if you don’t have enough bandwidth.

It’s not just the newest devices that use up bandwidth. Think of the amount of learning from home and teleworking that’s been happening the past two years. Add that to the explosion of gadgets, and it’s gotten very busy! Think you don’t have very many? Count in your house:

  1. computers,
  2. connected TVs,
  3. tablets,
  4. smartphones,
  5. fitness trackers,
  6. connected thermostats and doorbells,
  7. video cameras, and…

…the list goes on! In fact, according to Deloitte[1], the average US household has 25 devices—all of which are connected to the internet and using up bandwidth.

Taylor Telecom has many options to get you into the right speed for your house. Our Accelerate package – 600 Mbps -- is great for most of our customers, but we have plenty of other packages as well! Call us today at 1-800-238-4155 to see if you are set up for the best internet in your home.

With fast, reliable internet, premium Wi-Fi, excellent customer support, and hometown techs, we are the community internet provider that brings you big-city speeds and features. Contact us to see how we can help you speed into 2022!

 

[1] https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/telecommunications/connectivity-mobile-trends-survey.html