Telecommunications is often seen as a serious business, so we love running into stories that show the fun inner workings of a very complex industry!
Well, dam. A group of eager beavers shut down internet service in a western Canadian town over the weekend after they chewed through fiber cables and used them to build their home.
The outage wreaked havoc on the internet, cable television and local cell phone service of about 1,000 Telus customers in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia — a town with only about 2,000 people total. The service provider described the 36-hour outage as a "very rare and uniquely Canadian disruption."
"Our team immediately worked to identify the location of the damage and discovered that the cause of this fiber cut is fairly unique — beavers have chewed through our fiber cable at multiple points, causing extensive damage," Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé told CBS News on Monday. "Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5-inch thick conduit."
As the internet takes big steps into outerspace, Simplified Communications is ready to assist your business in reaching the stars!
Space exploration is hard, not least because of how difficult it is to communicate. Astronauts need to talk to mission control, ideally by video communication, and space vehicles need to send back data they gather, preferably at high speed and with little delay as possible. At first, space missions designed and carried their own distinct communications systems; that worked well enough, but it wasn’t exactly a paragon of efficiency. Then one day in 1998, the internet pioneer Vinton Cerf imagined a network that could offer a richer capacity to serve the growing number of people and vehicles in space. The dream of an interplanetary internet was born.
But extending the internet to space isn’t just a matter of installing Wi-Fi on rockets. Scientists have novel obstacles to contend with: The distances involved are astronomical, and planets move around, potentially blocking signals. Anyone on Earth who wants to send a message to someone or something on another planet must contend with often-disrupted communication paths.
Every industry has been hit a little differently from COVID-19 and its subsequent mandates, restrictions and consumer needs.
Before COVID, business owners didn't put too much research into their phone and internet services. They knew it was simply a necessity for running their businesses, so they signed contracts without a second thought.
Lindsay Swanson, Marketing Manager for Simplified Communications, explains, "Back in March, a lot of businesses put big telecom decisions on hold and went into downsizing mode. Now, things are moving again and customers are pivoting and finding their new normal."
The demand for internet and virtual connection skyrocketed in the early days of the pandemic, and then business, government and personal systems accepted that level of usage the "new normal."
Now, customers are thinking more diligently about their telecom contracts and needs. They are taking more time to make decisions, thinking about the direction of their businesses, what their outlook looks like and then future-proofing their systems.
Much like when businesses started bringing on multiple phone and fax lines, businesses are now considering things like having two internet connections. This is crucial to meet the new demands of consumers and remote staff. Businesses are also looking more to voice and collaboration tools to work remotely and in office.
We trust that the telecom needs of businesses will continue to change. This "new normal" will change again at some point, too. We encourage our clients to schedule regular Telecom Audits to ensure you are receiving the best possible service for the best possible price.
CenturyLink has a new brand name and bold new purpose. As Lumen Technologies, or simply Lumen, the company will help lead enterprises through the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution – a time when smart, connective devices are everywhere. Lumen® brings a new focus to how it views the marketplace and the world with the purpose to further human progress through technology.
The 4th Industrial Revolution represents the latest technological shift to change how everyone lives, works and thrives. At its core, this new age requires companies to effectively acquire, analyze and act upon their data to stay ahead of the curve and to be competitive.
Here at Simplified, we are excited to see CenturyLink transforming to meet the increasingly data and technology driven needs of businesses, and Lumen's combination of global technology infrastructure, powerful business solutions and industry-leading services creates the platform to help our customers excel in this new industrial age and produce amazing things.
Lumen president and CEO Jeff Storey comments on new brand name, new purpose:
"Our people are dedicated to furthering human progress through technology. Lumen is all about enabling the amazing potential of our customers, by utilizing our technology platform, our people, and our relationships with customers and partners."
Businesses are certainly rethinking normal right now, and we have a way to simplify the changes.
We recommend that businesses consider purchasing two internet connections from two different providers.
Yes, you heard us right. For example, one internet connection from Comcast, and another from CenturyLink, depending on which providers are in your area.
As the Wi-Fi waves become the new window shopping and staff meeting room, businesses will be wise to protect themselves from connection failure, outages, and other internet issues by using two providers. As businesses do more and more online and in the cloud, their dependency on having a functional, bullet proof internet connection increases exponentially.
In today’s environment, more businesses are shifting their thinking from paying for obvious Brick and Mortar items, to paying for more Online and Virtual assets that will better serve the customers and staff.
How can I utilize two internet connections?
Need assistance finding the best additional internet service provider?
Simplified Communications will consult with your organization to discover the best telecommunications solutions including voice services of all formats, internet services, and television. With our strategic partnerships, we represent virtually all major carriers, allowing us to provide you with an unbiased experience that will take your business towards your business goals, with no additional fees.
"Your Telecom Broker"
See if we service your location!
Chief Executive Dog
Cyber Attack Protection
Fiber Based Internet
Internet Of Things
Internet Service Provider