If there’s one thing about technology that never changes, it’s that change is constant. Information that once filled enough hard drives to take up an entire room can now fit on a card the size of a fingernail. The average personal computer ten years ago was probably less powerful than the phone in your pocket right now.
That’s just as true in the world of communications. And because we know how important reliable Internet, Phone, and Cable access is to your work and your life, D & P Communications is committed to not just being on top of the game — but two steps ahead of it as well.
You’ve probably seen D & P trucks around town, installing and repairing fiber and cable lines to serve our customers. But what you may not know is that we’re working just as hard to keep the backbone that serves those connections as robust as possible — making it strong enough to serve not just today’s needs, but tomorrow’s.
Here’s just one example. D & P has for many years maintained fiber rings connecting our central offices and service areas, providing redundancy and quality assurance. But in 2015, we decided to take the next step in “future-proofing” the backbone of the D & P network. Although the high-capacity rings we maintain now provide multiple 10-Gigabit paths and plenty of capacity for our customers’ current needs, D & P has invested in a technology called Dense Division Wavelength Division Multiplexing. To make a long story short, the technology allows us to get more capacity out of every single fiber we have in the network, sending multiple signals and streams down pathways that could previously only carry one. Instead of a handful of 10-Gigabit paths being possible, we’re now able to support hundreds of 10-Gigabit paths as we move forward.
This not only allows D & P to provide more and more capacity to customers, but it also helps us provide higher and higher quality of service. How? With the increased ability to create segregated networks, our IT team can carve out dedicated paths for various types of services, making it easier to monitor, identify and resolve problems. The details would take far too much space to go into here. But the important part is this: Our upgraded capacity is enough to serve our communities not just now, but for many years into the future.
That’s one of the things I’m most proud of about the work we do here. As your hometown service provider, we’re not just here to make a quick buck. And we don’t take shortcuts. We’ve made deep investments in serving our community so that we can continue to serve you — our friends and neighbors — for a long, long time.