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Your Northern Colorado Internet Provider: Experience Matters

FRII Your Northern Colorado Internet Provider: Experience Matters (son and father)

When you’re looking for a Northern Colorado Internet provider, there are many characteristics you could consider — everything from data speeds to the types and quality of support offered. As you make your list of selection criteria, one item you should be sure to include is experience.

The ability to provide reliable, high-speed Internet and related solutions isn’t something you have simply by virtue of creating a website and advertising your offering. It takes years of working in this industry (like any industry) to understand how to deliver the best possible service to your customers. You also need to be familiar with all the potential pitfalls you may encounter in your operations and how to avoid them.

FRII has been the leader in Northern Colorado Internet and commercial datacenter services for more than two decades. We own and operate 10 Gbps fiber Internet infrastructure in a number of Colorado communities. This includes Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park. We also provide high-speed, point to point, point to multipoint, and meshed wireless solutions to customers all around the state. FRII knows this business inside and out because we’ve been in it for over 20 years.

Who can You Trust for Your Northern Colorado Internet and More?

Reputation is another important factor to consider when selecting a technology company. In addition to being a Northern Colorado Internet provider, we also own and operate SSAE 16 Type II certified datacenters. These facilities must have cutting-edge systems and advanced security to earn the confidence of our customers. This is especially true for those that handle sensitive data. Some of the names on our client list are a testament to the quality of our datacenters and services. They include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the City of Fort Collins, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The State of Colorado, Computer Associates (one of the world’s largest independent software companies), Arapahoe County, and La Plata County are on there as well. In fact, we provide 24x7x365 network monitoring and support services for over 3,500 customers.

They trust us because of our experience and because our datacenters and Internet infrastructure utilize the latest technology. For example, our Internet connections use the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for load balancing and automatic failover. And our datacenters are fully redundant and designed with separate dual power feeds, three generators, three uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). They also have 120 tons of cooling, and two independent 10 gigabit fiber connections to the Internet provided by Tier 1 carriers.

Delivering the Quality Internet Experience You and Your Business Expect

Looking for a Northern Colorado Internet provider? We’ve got the experience and the trust of a long list of loyal customers that few can match. If you’ve got questions about FRII’s suite of services, just complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527.

Next generation Internet

Fiber Optic Internet

Have we outgrown our Internet?

Are there options people have for usage other than the current options available to us today? What happens when all the members of the city reach its maximum use of the Internet with the current systems in place? We live in a world where we are dependent on Wi-Fi for almost everything we do. From work to play, the Internet in the communal heartbeat that keeps us going. Soon everyone will everyone be on Fiber Optic Internet.

We have shifted into the digital revolution.

Every business depends on internet and our way of work has shifted from the factory model of making products to technical solutions. In America our corporations produce very little goods compared to a few decades ago, and the companies that have products are utilizing the internet to have them sourced across seas. People are creating their own online businesses to sell their niche products. How much Internet does that use?

Home use is astronomical with gaming, remote working, and streaming TV.

American gamer claims in 2016, there are “1.7 gamers in every house and two hands on every controller. Moreover, “Online gamers spend 6.5 hours a week on average playing with others.”

Remote working includes accessing servers and files across our internet connections and sending a plethora of emails.
Our last blog talked about TV streaming habits. On a monthly average, we are streaming 76 hours and 55 minutes per month.

Holy Wi-Fi, how do we maintain this high use?

Fort Collins is proposing a broadband network.

This could mean private entities partnering with the city to provide you Fiber Optic Internet. FRII has already made it a point to Get Fast. FRII’s fiber ring utilizes existing Platte River Power Authority underground cable to enable the fastest, most reliable network in Northern Colorado. Our self-healing 10 Gigabit fiber rings provide your enterprise all the speed you need. Plus, our redundant fiber terminates from several rings at our local facility to ensure connectivity in the event of a fiber breakage.
Keep up with your Internet demands by making the switch to the future of Fiber Optic Internet. Learn about Getting Fast >

Changing the Face of Regular TV

New face of TV

The way we view TV today has changed. If we think of a traditional TV Viewing, we may think of a DVR, cable boxes, and cords that connect us to one network. We are limited to the channels the network provides, the times that are scheduled and the places that we watch the tube. The lifeline is in the cable box. This legacy model is dying and “Traditional TV” viewership is declining across generations. Now you have access to TV anytime, anywhere. Commercials are shifting to Product Placement vs. traditional advertising. A la Carte services allow you to be selective in what you watch. The Future of TV offers a more interactive experience. Internet-based streaming alters the face of regular television.

Traditional TV” viewership

Each year Nielsen releases an audience report about how people view TV.
Here is the breakdown of age demographics on how much TV we consume:

  • Teens (12-17) watched 14 hours and 18 minutes of traditional TV per week in Q2, a rather large 13.5% drop year-over-year and a 36.2% contraction over the past five years;
  • Older Millennials (25-34) watched 20 hours and 56 minutes per week in Q2, a 5.5% decrease year-over-year (up from 3% in Q1) but a more expansive 25.6% drop over five years;
  • Gen Xers (35-49) watched 29 hours per week, just a 1% decrease year-over-year but a 12% decline over a 5-year period;
  • Adults aged 50-64 watched 40 hours and 18 minutes per week, representing a 1% increase year-over-year, but a 1.9% drop over five years; and
  • Adults aged 65 and older watched 48 hours and 38 minutes per week, up 1.2% from the previous year and up by 5.1% over five years.
    Is a network limiting us?

Anytime, Anywhere

TV of the past was a fixed element in the home. Whole rooms in homes are entirely devoted to TV watching. With a shift in technology and handheld devices, you can be anywhere and catch the latest film or series. You do not even have to be sitting down. The same device that keeps you connected to the world through social media, email, or face time, is all you need to tune in.

With that in mind, you can also have a debate from across the world about the Walking Dead episode that has you so heated. The people you share the experience with can be global. The boundaries are broken down with the rise of our virtual TV viewing experience.

Custom Wireless Services are customized for your usage, they are reliable and fast. Every point in your home can be capable of streaming high use data.

Product Placement vs. Ads

A big pro bono to streaming is no commercials. Companies still want an opportunity to promote their latest and greatest products, so ad placement is on the rise. Ad placement taps into your subconscious. The products no longer have one-minute segments to scream about how great they are. Now the film producers can choose sponsor alignment that is in accord with their audience base. You will see more Mac users, Coke drinkers, and Nike wearers and less 30-second pitches.
This is also an opportunity for a more grassroots effort from product companies to use the TV to promote and market items to the world.

Pay What You Use

The TV of the future is a “Personalized Experience.” Suddenly you have the power to subscribe to the services you like. If you only watch HBO, then you get their service. Devices like Roku help you have the streaming channels you use all in one place. You no longer have to sift through endless insignificant channels just to find the very thing made for you. You know what you like. Streaming with makes it easy to access that one thing and leave the others behind.

We all have our favorite things, and we want complete access to it whenever and however we like it. The TV of the future serves up a delightfully satisfying experience that you create as a viewer. It is yours to create, and it is yours to explore.

The Future of TV

Virtual Reality is going to take TV to a whole new level. Imagine yourself in a world of interactivity while streaming your favorite episode. With the rise of VR, it will immerse you in your favorite episodes. It will transport you into the screen with fellow minded viewers from across the globe. You all move through the storyline together. You are interacting with the characters.

To maximize the experience Virtual private servers can be set up in lieu of a physical server. This will grow and expand with your VR options.

The TV of tomorrow will be participatory. Internet-based streaming is changing the act of viewing TV. We no longer are being fed the stories and have to watch and sit. We will react, interact, participate and do. We will be involved and we will feel. It will be both a physical and emotional experience.

Our options are vast, and with the widespread connectivity of Internet-based streaming, we have more freedom in the way we view TV. In theory, everything can be Internet based, your cell phone, your radio, your refrigerator, and even your glasses. This is continually shaping the way we consume media and the media we consume.

The future experience of TV viewing is pleasurable and interactive. No more time barriers, no more commercials, no more network control, only more and more connection to the things you love most.

Binge watch away!

Get FRII Residential Internet to stream all of your TV. We don’t charge you for downloads like some of our competitors. Just email sales@frii.com or call 970.212.0700.

What is Fiber?

What is “fiber” Really?

Fiber Optic Cable

In a world of ever expanding technologies, many new hype or jargon words can be thrown around that don’t necessarily come with an easy or readily available explanation. One of those words that you might have heard lately with regards to technology is fiber. While we all know and have used the word fiber when talking about clothing or dietary supplements, do we know what fiber stands for when speaking about technology? Continue reading

What is the Cloud?

What is “the cloud” Really?

Cloud

We have all seen the TV commercials boasting about the speed and reliability of the cloud, but what s it really? Essentially, the cloud is nothing more than an abstract idea for hosting files on the Internet. Put another way, it is the idea of accessing something on the Internet rather than a physical object. A good example of this is file sharing programs like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. Instead of physically moving files over like you would do with a flash drive you can have the same effect but over the Internet. Think of it as a digital locker where you can put your photos and emails and via them from any computer with an Internet connection.

Read on to learn what is the cloud?

People still use dial-up?

close-up image of rotary phone

Although called dial-up, a dial up connection is actually calls out through your computer, not a rotary phone.

When FRII started in 1995, all of our customers were dial-up users. There was no broadband. And we still have many customers on dial-up [1].

Inspired by Verizon’s acquisition of AOL, CNET recently questioned why anyone would still be on dial-up. The answer isn’t that difficult.
So, why do people still use dial-up?

Mysterious email settings: IMAP and POP

A chalkboard is covered with advanced mathematical equations. A man stands facing it, back to us, scratching his head in confusion.

Setting up your e-mail shouldn’t be this hard.

Are you excited about the new laptop you bought? Playing with your new tablet? Well it’s all fun and games until someone gets POP-ed. That’s right: we’re going to talk about POP and IMAP.

Don’t be ashamed that you have no idea what that means; for most of my life I have closed my eyes and selected my email settings randomly and hoped for the best.

Read on. No advanced degree required.