Faster than the US Average

  • Date: January 29, 2018
  • Author: Michelle Schroeder - Marketing Specialist


Hello, my name is Michelle Schroeder and I am the marketing specialist for DRN and DRN ReadiTech. I want to just take a few minutes of your time to remind you how lucky we are to live in a 100% fiber connected territory.

In 2012, DRN completed the fiber to the home project. A project that started in 2004 and invested more than $90 million in fiber infrastructure in southeast North Dakota. DRN was one of the first cooperatives to be 100% fiber connected. Wow!  Today only 25% of the United states is fiber connected. How lucky are we to be 100% fiber connected?

So, what is fiber you may ask. Let me explain. While direct subscriber line(DSL) and cable utilize existing phone and TV infrastructure to send data as frequency vibrations over copper wires, fiber networks transmit data using light over specialized cables filled with glass fibers.

Light moves very fast (186,000 miles per second), allowing speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gigabit) per second on fiber networks. This is almost 100 times faster than the US Internet average of 11.7 Mbps.  And with the completion of our fiber network, DRN is proud to be a Certified Gig-Capable Provider.

Recently, we increased our Internet speeds to meet the increasing demand for faster Internet. Our current packages are:

1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) upload/500 Mbps download

500 Mbps upload/250 Mbps download

100 Mbps upload/50 Mbps download

Even though the FCC requires a minimum Internet speed offering of 25 Mbps up/3 Mbps down, DRN has decided to make our base offering at 100/50…wow!

Have you experienced a change in your Internet speed? No?

Here are a couple things that could be affecting your online experience: your equipment, how many devices you have connected, and the placement of your router.

With the faster speeds that DRN offers, outdated equipment may not be able to handle this increase. It may be time to upgrade your router to the Calix Gigacenter from DRN or your older laptop.

The number of devices you have connected to your Internet can also affect your speed. When you have multiple devices on your wi-fi network at the same time, it can slow down the connection throughout your home. It may be time to upgrade your speed.

Where your router is placed in your home can also have an impact on the connection you experience. Your router should be placed in the center of your home. DRN offers a wi-fi assessment to determine where the best place for your router is and if you need additional access points for optimal coverage.

These are just a few tips to make the most of your Internet experiences!

Contact our office today to experience up to 1 gig of Internet speeds right here in rural North Dakota – almost 100 times faster than the US average! Wow, we are lucky!