The Benefits FAQs

How will I benefit from fiber?

Our sole reason for offering high-speed internet services is to meet the needs of our community. You will no longer have to rely on DSL, fixed wireless, or satellite internet to stay connected online. You will be able to stream high-definition media smoothly and quickly, have the capacity to download and upload data such as files, photos, and videos at super-fast speeds, and have access to the latest technological advancements and applications. Our Fiber-To-The-Home world-class service will be reliable, affordable, and backed by your local trusted internet provider, Trailwave.

You will be able to run multiple devices – such as cell phones, computers, and laptops – simultaneously in your home or business without decreased download and upload speeds. The table below gives you a speed comparison between what you may have now and what is possible with Fiber-To-The-Home.

Downloads* Typical DSL/Wireless/Satellite
Standard Internet Speed
(25 Mbps)
Fiber Internet
Up to 1000 Mbps (1 Gigabit)
Download 100 photos 14.7 minutes 1.8 minutes 2.6 seconds
Download an HD movie 4.8 hours 34.4 minutes 51.5 seconds
Download 50 songs 8.2 minutes 1 minute 1.5 seconds
Download a 50 GB Game 39.8 hours 4.8 hours 7.2 minutes

*Download speeds calculated using the following averages:

  • Digital Photo – 3.15 MB
  • HD Movie – 6 GB
  • Song – 3.5 MB
  • Game – 50 GB
Why are you offering broadband service?

Our communities have long suffered from a lack of broadband equality – access to the same speeds and capabilities as those in more urban areas. Broadband availability across our service area will help close the digital divide between those who have access to advanced technology and those who do not.

A few of the many advantages of broadband access are:

  • Online education opportunities – allowing students to learn from home
  • Healthcare benefits such as telemedicine
  • Work-from-home interoffice connectivity and videoconferencing capabilities that will help professionals stay in their homes while being productive
  • Quality of life improvements through enhanced communications
  • Economic development and growth in rural areas – access to high-speed internet can raise home prices and attract businesses to communities

In addition, by connecting Habersham EMC’s electric substations and offices with fiber, we create a smart grid with more automation capabilities to better serve our members. Smart grid capabilities – the standard for optimum electric infrastructure – allows our devices to communicate with each other and delivers benefits such as improved power outage response times, better load balancing, more efficient electricity delivery, and more.