Clearwave Fiber Expands Fiber Internet in Carbondale, Illinois

New investment in fiber will make the community more attractive to residents and businesses.

HARRISBURG, Illinois – Clearwave Fiber plans to expand its all-fiber internet into residential neighborhoods in Carbondale, Illinois. The company began serving businesses in southern Illinois in 1996, and expansion into residential areas is part of Clearwave Fiber’s long-term goal to bring the world’s most advanced and fastest Internet available to more than 500,000 homes and businesses across the United States by 2027.

David Armstead, CEO of Clearwave Fiber, emphasized the importance of the company’s investment to consumers and the broader local community. “We are committed to providing underserved communities with the high-speed connectivity essential to families, businesses, and local economies; without these essential services, many of the communities we target will not survive,” Armstead said. “We are excited to expand our services to Carbondale, and look forward to becoming long-term partners in the community.”

With gigabit download and upload speeds, Clearwave Fiber will deliver up to ten times faster speed at the doorstep at a time when fast, reliable internet is becoming more important to modern households.

“This is exciting news for the city of Carbondale and its residents, and we are proud to partner with Clearwave Communications on this important project,” said Mayor John “Mike Henry.” “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all how important affordable and reliable broadband is to the daily lives of our residents. Clearwave’s investment in the city will make Carbondale a more attractive place to live, learn and work, and provide our children, our community and small businesses with a chance to compete in the global economy of the 21st century. twenty”.

For many consumers, the Internet touches every aspect of daily life. Telework, telehealth, and virtual learning require strong and reliable communications. A study conducted by Deloitte in 2021 indicated that 55% of American households include one or more remote workers, and 43% include at least one family member who attends virtual classes. In addition, 50% of American adults have visited a virtual doctor in the past year.

“Being online is no longer just about browsing or gaming,” said Clearwave Fiber Midwest President, Byron Cantrall. “More and more, we are seeing families where multiple bandwidth-intensive activities are happening simultaneously. Imagine a home where a parent is attending a Zoom meeting, a child is in a virtual classroom, and another family member is broadcasting live TV. This is not an uncommon scenario, and many Consumer internet connections are not up to the task. Fiber-based internet solves this problem by delivering the fastest and strongest connections directly to homes.”

In addition, a 2021 Deloitte report noted that the average American household now uses a total of 25 connected devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, game consoles, home concierge systems like Amazon Echo and Google Nest, and trackers. Fitness, camera, security systems and smart home devices such as exercise machines and connected thermostats.

Supporting this thriving home appliance ecosystem can challenge companies that serve customers via DSL or cable systems. Gwen noted that “older copper wire and coaxial networks worked well with the technologies they were created for. Copper lines are great for phone calls and hubs work well for cable TV, but these networks struggle to offer the kind of bandwidth possible using fibre.” Lastinger, chief operating officer of Clearwave Fiber. “Fiber optic technology is the future. Fiber networks are more durable, more consistent, and transmit data at the speed of light. Best of all, our network easily keeps pace with technological innovations, dramatically increasing bandwidth demand, and evolving customer needs. The options are nearly limitless.”