Gigabit and Gain A Lot

Gigabit and Gain A Lot

You can compare your Internet connection to a highway.

People want to drive fast when they’re on the highway, and traffic jams are never desired. The same goes for the speed and service of an at-home Internet connection.

The Ontario Ranch community in Southern California is preparing to break the speed limit with a groundbreaking gigabit Internet service with broadband speeds.

It will only run residents about fifty dollars a month and is an excellent option for production builders to offer clients seeking faster, more efficient speeds for controlling and entertaining in the home.

“I would say that essentially what we have today is a dirt road. And what we have with the introduction of fiber to the home in our gigabit community is a 16-lane highway in both directions,” says Dave Bartlett, VP of land entitlement for Brookfield Residential.

What is Broadband Gigabit Internet Service?

The developer of Ontario Ranch, Brookfield Residential, with the help of Inyo Networks is providing a fiber optic cable connection to all its residents—allowing for a high-speed broadband connection with gigabit speeds.

A gigabit is 1,000 megabits per second, and “broadband” essentially describes the ability to carry information. The higher the broadband, the more data that will be able to travel in shorter timespans. That means faster download speeds and less disturbance of information.

Bartlett says data that once took hours to download will now take seconds, while data that would take multiple minutes to download will be instantaneous. He sees the power of the gigabit appropriately evolving to the times, as the ever-changing outflow of devices and their respective connections demand faster speeds.

“What has happened over the last several years is as the devices have gotten more complicated and WiFi has become more of a standard feature, we’ve seen constant streaming and constant content being downloaded,” says Bartlett.

Bartlett compares this phenomenon to rush hour on the freeway, where everything slows down.

In turn, he says what Ontario Ranch is offering will allow for continuous, almost immediate access to data, content and streaming.

A glimpse at one of the model homes of Ontario Ranch.

Changing the Way HiVol Clients Live

Bartlett stresses that this Internet service will change the way people live in their homes. He notes that the gigabit service will appeal to the uptick in people using telecommunication for work or play.

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“This is not your dial up modem; it’s not your cable; it’s not going to get interrupted. You will be able to easily get on and conduct your business in just the same fashion you would if you worked for a Fortune 500 company,” says Bartlett.

He also adds that entertainment will be enhanced tenfold by these high-speed connections.

“You will be able to download movies in seconds. You won’t have to wait to have them buffer. The way you interact with your devices will change in a lot of different ways,” he says.

A look inside an Ontario Ranch home.
A look inside an Ontario Ranch home.

What Else will Ontario Ranch Offer?

Brookfield Residential also plans to showcase even more tech in its Ontario Ranch community to further set it apart in the marketplace.

With its high-speed standard of Internet, Bartlett says the community will easily host home automation options such as wireless control for audio, door locks and lights.

The community will also feature green packages, where clients can pick and choose whether they want energy efficient tech such as solar panels. Tankless water heaters will be put in the homes as standard.

Gigabit Importance to Clients and Builders

 For builders, Bartlett sees a quality example for them to follow in their own practices, as the Internet of Things and smart home industry are constantly changing.

Better and faster Internet service is a must for this type of technological evolution, and it’s an easy standard offering production builders can use to set themselves apart.

“As gigabit and fiber in the home becomes available in communities, builders are going to step up to the plate to provide a better interface of technology into the home that will work seamlessly with the systems in place,” says Bartlett.

More lanes are being added to the smart home highway. Full speed ahead.

About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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