Old Array that was recently replaced during backhaul upgrade.

We at OnlineNW have a promise that we like to keep close to our hearts. We promise to be committed to this valley, the people who live in it and the future to come. It is because of this promise, that we as a company are constantly working to improve the lives of the people around us whether it’s through our community development and outreach programs or by ensuring that our customers have the best possible service.

One recent upgrade that we made to maintain our promise was to upgrade the links to one of our rural west Salem towers for our wireless service to handle six and a half times more bandwidth. What this means is that we installed new arrays on our towers that can handle the future growth of our community and internet content.

To describe what this means in the simplest terms, imagine a water faucet. When you turn on the faucet, water starts flowing. How much to turn on the water depends on what you are doing. If you’re washing your hands, you may only need a little water. If you’re washing dish though, you may need a lot. However, there’s a limit to how much water you can have come out of the faucet at one time. If you want more water to come out, you need to increase the size of your faucet head and pipes.

Internet functions in a similar way. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred at one time, like the size of the faucet head and pipes. Watching Netflix, playing video games and checking your emails all require some amount of bandwidth, like washing your hands and doing the dishes. As internet content becomes more demanding in bandwidth and more people are on the internet at one time, the bandwidth can become pretty full.

By upgrading the links on our tower near west Salem, we’ve ensured that our customers from Sheridan to Silverton, Dallas to Amity, have will continue to have fantastic internet service even as they upgrade their devices and more and more people continue to move to this incredible valley.