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Fast, Reliable Internet Now Available in the Stapleton Area of Baldwin County AL

West Point, GA – Point Broadband, a fiber-fed, fixed wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), announced today that they are signing up customers on their high-speed Internet service in the Stapleton area of Baldwin County.

Over the past several months Point Broadband installed the latest, state-of-the-art, fixed wireless broadband transmission equipment on towers in Baldwin County. This equipment transmits wireless signals to residential and business customers within a radius of the Stapleton Water Tank, located near the intersections of Highways 31 and 59.

“We are thrilled to provide high-speed Internet services to the Stapleton community” said Sherry Sullivan, General Manager of Point Broadband – Baldwin County.  “These residents and businesses have been patiently waiting for our service, and we are excited to deliver on our promise” Sullivan added. Point Broadband already services select customers in Loxley, Belforest, and Malbis, with expanded coverage coming soon. In October, the Atmore (Escambia County) and Bay Minette areas will be online and further expansion into the Robertsdale, Summerdale, Spanish Fort, Silverhill, and Foley areas is expected in the future.

Point Broadband offers 10Mbps and 20Mbps service for residential and business customers ranging from $64 to $94 per month, with a one-time, standard installation fee. Higher speed and customized service offerings are also available for homes and businesses. Fast Internet from Point Broadband allows customers to “cut the cord” with their expensive satellite or cable provider through streaming video services and save over $1,000 a year. See the Cut the Cord page for more details at http://point-broadband.com/cut-the-cord/

Please contact Point Broadband Customer Service at 844-407-6468 to schedule an installation appointment for new service.

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The Many Ways to Watch Television

You now have dozens of options, from antennas to new streaming services

By James K. Willcox

Originally posted on Consumer Reports website. See their article here.

It wasn’t too long ago that your options for catching favorite TV shows or movies at home were limited mainly to an antenna or a cable-TV package.

As you can see from the diagram below, that’s no longer the case. Today, you can watch many of the same shows and movies any number of ways, including from cable and satellite providers, various online services, and yes, even with a trusty antenna. Here’s a quick look at all the services clamoring for your attention—and dollars.

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Your Expanding Options

 

Online Cable Replacement

Services such as Sling TV and Hulu With Live TV compete directly with cable by offering live channels online for a monthly fee of around $20 to $40. But the choices can be limited. You can get a smattering of broadcast (such as ABC and NBC) and cable-type (Bravo, CNN, HGTV) channels. Premium channels (HBO, Showtime) may be on tap for an added fee. For more details, check out our article on cable-TV replacement services.

Single-Channel Websites, Apps

You can subscribe to some TV channels’ websites and apps to watch just their shows without signing up for a larger TV package. CBS, HBO, Showtime, and Starz all offer this option. Some channels have apps that let you watch their content only if you are already paying through a cable or satellite subscription.

Subscription Streaming

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other smaller players charge a subscription fee, usually around $8 to $10 per month, for unlimited viewing of all their TV content and movies, including original shows such as Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Shows are delivered over the internet, so you can watch on a computer, smart TV, or mobile device.

Pay-per-View Services

Services such as iTunes and Vudu let you rent or buy single titles—a movie, one episode of a show, or a whole season. Amazon Video—the company’s pay-per-view service—offers this option, too. (Note, Amazon Prime members: Not all of Amazon’s content is included with your subscription.)

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Point Broadband Network Upgrade Complete in Colquitt GA

West Point, GA – Point Broadband, a fiber-fed, Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), based in West Point, Georgia announced today that the massive network upgrade in Colquitt GA has been completed. Earlier this year, Point Broadband acquired certain assets of Turner Broadband and made a commitment to upgrade the network to the latest, state-of-the-art, fixed wireless broadband technology, providing fast and reliable internet service to the former Turner Broadband customers and new customers in the Bainbridge and Colquitt areas.

Point Broadband has replaced and installed new transmission equipment and has upgraded existing customers’ modems to deliver faster speeds and consistent service. “We are thrilled that many of the existing Colquitt customers are already converted to the new system,” said Point Broadband’s VP of Operations Jason Gauntt. “We are actively signing up new customers in the Colquitt area every day,” added Gauntt.

Point Broadband continues to show a strong community presence in Bainbridge and Colquitt. Reps for the company will be present at Franklin Spring Creek Ford on Monday, July 31st from 2:00 to 6:00 PM to take orders for new service and answer questions about how Point Broadband is connecting these communities. An additional event will take place in front of the Point Broadband store on Calhoun Street in Bainbridge on Tuesday, August 1st from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Reps will also blitz the area in a door-to-door sales campaign through next week.

Point Broadband offers 10Mbps and 20Mbps service for residential and business customers ranging from $69 to $99 per month, with a one-time, standard installation fee. Higher speed, customized service offerings are also available for homes and businesses.

Please contact Point Broadband Customer Support at 844-407-6468 if you have any questions regarding your current service, or to schedule an installation appointment for new service.

About Point Broadband

Point Broadband is headquartered in West Point, Georgia. We are a proud subsidiary of ITC Capital Partners, LLC. ITC has a century long history of providing innovative communication solutions to its customers, with a focus on serving the communities where its customers live. ITC has been successful building, owning and operating wireless networks and broadband businesses over many years.

We want to be more than just your Internet provider. We want to help customers connect friends and family, help businesses connect with more customers, and just simply make the world a better place. With no monthly usage data caps and no contracts, our customers have the flexibility to connect with anyone, anywhere, at any time.  (point-broadband.com)

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Contact:

Taylor Nipper – VP Marketing
(770) 680-0684
tnipper@point-broadband.com

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How Much Broadband Do You Really Need?

Originally posted on Consumer Reports website. See their article here.

June 22, 2017

Audio and video aren’t created equal when it comes to their demands on your broadband service. The difference is measured in bit rate—how much data travels to your home each second. You can see the bit rates needed to stream a few types of entertainment below.

But even though you may be getting relatively fast Internet service, the actual speed can vary, especially at peak viewing times, like right after work. During these times, services such as Netflix may compensate for a slower connection by downgrading the video quality you see. And if most of your streaming device are connected to the internet wirelessly, your WiFi also affect performance. (See “How WiFi Makes Waves,” below).

Fast Broadband

Broadband networks of just a few years ago would have sputtered and stalled if faced with today’s consumers and their appetite for streaming services.

However, networks are faster now. The average U.S. broadband speed hit 50 megabits per second last summer. That’s a 40 percent jump from 2015, according to Ookla, the company behind Speedtest.net, a tool consumers can use to measure their home’s internet speed.

Download speed is critical for video streaming; upload speed matters if you share a lot of videos or play online games. Note that web speeds can slow in the evening during the data equivalent of rush hour.

Your household’s viewing habits matter, too. As data enters your home, it’s distributed via WiFi. If several people are watching movies on separate devices, you may start to notice decreased performance.

A final factor is WiFi strength, which may be inconsistent from room to room. If it is, try moving the router to a central spot. If you have a very old router, consider buying one that follows the 802.11ac standard; the router should be faster and more secure.

Credit: Consumer Reports

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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What’s the Difference Between Mobile (Phone) Wireless Internet & Point Broadband Internet?

“What type of technology is Point Broadband? Is it like mobile phone hotspots?”

These types of questions are some of our favorite to answer! We are happy to say that we do not use mobile wireless technology. Instead, we use newer Fixed Wireless LTE technology. Whereas mobile wireless technology comes from one fixed point, we utilize two fixed locations to provide you with internet. Remember the old-school Nintendo game “Duck Hunt?” What made that game so difficult was that the ducks moved, making it hard to hit the target. Mobile wireless technology used by cell phone companies can sometimes be like that, always trying to hit a moving target. Instead, our internet locks in on one fixed location and is sent to another fixed location: your home or business. Add this up, and you have fast, reliable internet, #PoweredbyPoint.

Not only that, but unlike the mobile phone companies, we don’t cap your data each month (Ever! That’s right, use as much data as you’d like!), and because of that, we can offer high speed, reliable internet that is really good for gaming, streaming online video (Netflix, Hulu, YouTubeTV, and Amazon Instant Video), and much more!

If you’d like to stay up to speed on where Point Broadband is going, then please “like” our page, as we publish updates often. If you’d like us to consider coming to your area, then fill out this form and share with your friends too!

Thanks for considering Point Broadband – we’re happy to serve you!

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Are You Paying Too Much For TV? Sling TV Provides a Great Way to Cut the Cord with More Than 150 Channels

We all love to watch our favorite TV shows, but we can all agree that cable TV is expensive and can be a pain to deal with. If you’re like us, you only watch a handful of channels out of the expensive cable bundle you pay for anyway. With that said, are you paying too much for TV?

Sling TV is an attractive alternative to cable or satellite and is allowing many people to “cut the cord.”  Sling TV offers the same great shows without the costly bill at the end of the month, not to mention the expensive equipment that takes up so much room on your TV stand.

What is Sling TV?

There are several services that offer a choice over cable TV, however Sling is still one of the best ways to watch TV on the go. Said simply, it’s live TV streaming whenever and wherever. No contracts, no equipment, and no costly bills.

Sling TV allows subscribers to watch a collection of live and on-demand TV channels on their TVs, computers or mobile devices. This is live TV, just like a cable or satellite service, except it’s delivered over the internet. One way to think of it is that it’s like Netflix, but with live TV.

Where is Sling TV available?

Sling is available anywhere in the United States where there fast, reliable internet is present. That being said, it’s certainly available where Point Broadband is offered.

How is it different from my cable or satellite provider?

Depending on how much you pay for TV service, it’s probably cheaper. To use it, you’ll need a good internet connection, like Point Broadband, and a compatible device to run the Sling TV app, which takes the place of a cable or satellite box and connects to a TV. You can also watch on your phone, tablet or computer, either at home or away. The best part? Unlike cable or satellite, there are no contracts and you can cancel or resume service anytime, with no penalties.

How can I watch Sling TV?

You’ll need to subscribe here, set up an account, then install the app on a supported device.

Sling TV is currently available on the following devices:

  • Roku
  • Apple TV (2015 only)
  • Chromecast
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • Xbox One
  • Android TV
  • Channel Master
  • Android phones and tablets
  • iOS phones and tablets (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • PC and Mac computers

A complete list of supported products can be found on Sling’s website.

Once you have the device and app installed, you’ll be able to sign in and start watching using your fast reliable internet service powered by Point Broadband!

How much does Sling TV cost?

Sling TV is available in two different flavors: Sling Orange, which costs $20/month; and Sling Blue, which costs $25/month. At present, Orange offers more than 30 channels, and Blue offers more than 40. However, Blue doesn’t include every Orange channel. You can get a combined Blue/Orange pack for $40/month. Sling TV also offers add-on packages that range from $5/month to $15/month.

Start with the service best for you, then personalize with YOUR favorite genres: Sports, Comedy, Kids, News, Movies, Lifestyle, Spanish, & more. There are more than a dozen packages, so your monthly subscription cost could exceed $100 per month if you want absolutely everything.

Change your service online anytime. And, now you can record your favorites shows and watch later using a Cloud DVR!

Sling TV Promotions

Sling TV always has a 7-day free trial – it’s a good way to find out if Sling TV is going to work for you. A week to try it out gives you a good sense of what you like and don’t like.

Free Devices with Pre-Pay

You can get one of three devices if you prepay a few months:

Bottom Line

Sling TV is everything you love about live TV minus everything you hate. Stream top entertainment — anytime, anywhere.

Sling TV offers over 100 live channels to watch instantly, including ESPN, NFL Network, Disney Channel, AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV, TNT, TBS & more. Sling TV offers several deals that allow new users to receive a free or discounted streaming device such as a Roku or Apple TV.

Interested in Latino or International content? Sling TV is the #1 live international TV service in the US, offering 21 languages and 285 channels instantly.

No long-term contracts. No hidden fees. No social security number required. Easy online cancellation. All #PoweredbyPointBroadband.

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Fast, Reliable Internet Coming to Mendenhall and Magee Mississippi

West Point, GA – Point Broadband, a fiber-fed, fixed, Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), based in West Point, Ga, announced today that they are bringing high-speed Internet service to the Mendenhall and Magee areas of Mississippi.  “We have entered into agreements with the cities of Mendenhall and Magee for access to their towers, so we can provide high-speed Internet services to the residents in these communities,” said Jeff Couch, General Manager of Point Broadband – Mississippi.

“In the next few weeks, we will install the latest, state-of-the-art, fixed wireless broadband transmission equipment on these city towers” added Couch.  It is estimated that service will begin to be available by mid to late July.

Point Broadband offers 10Mbps and 20Mbps service for residential and business customers. Higher speed, customized service offerings are also available for homes and businesses.

“As we get closer to the launch date we will announce the specific service areas and pricing options,” stated Couch.

To check service availability at your address, please complete the Contact Us form on the website, or call customer service 844-407-6468.

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Point Broadband Network Upgrade Complete in Decatur County GA

West Point, GA – Point Broadband, a fiber-fed, Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), based in West Point, Georgia announced today that the massive network upgrade in Decatur County, GA has been completed. Network upgrades in Miller and Seminole counties should be completed in the near future.

Earlier this year, Point Broadband acquired certain assets of Turner Broadband and made a commitment to upgrade the network to the latest, state-of-the-art, fixed wireless broadband technology, providing fast and reliable internet service to the former Turner Broadband customers and new customers in the Bainbridge, GA area. Point Broadband has replaced and installed new transmission equipment and has upgraded existing customers’ modems to deliver faster speeds and consistent service. “We are excited to announce the first phase of our network transition is complete,” said Point Broadband’s Chief Operating Officer Jason Gauntt. “We have received a tremendous positive response from existing customers, and we are adding new customers every day,” added Gaunt. Point Broadband offers 10Mbps and 20Mbps service for residential and business customers ranging from $69 to $99 per month, with a one-time, standard installation fee. Higher speed, customized service offerings are also available for homes and businesses.

“We finally have true, high-speed internet. It’s been a long time coming,” says Point Broadband customer Roy Jaeger.

Please contact Point Broadband Customer Support at 844-407-6468 if you have any questions regarding your current service, or to schedule an installation appointment for new service.

Bainbridge GA Storefront address: 

711 East Calhoun Street
Space 2-B
Bainbridge, GA 39817

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No Data Cap Means NO DATA CAP

Did you know Point Broadband has no data caps, which means you get unlimited data with your Internet plan? When we say this, we really mean that you will get unlimited data, all the time, all month long, at the speed/package for which you pay.

What is a data cap?

Some wireless telephone and internet providers offer Internet service packages for a certain amount of data. For example, you may have a 15GB (that’s gigabit) package to use all month long on your cell phone. You probably use that for emails, social media, online shopping, surfing the internet, downloading books, and streaming some online content and music. If you were to stream music every day and watch Netflix all weekend long, you might run out of data. If so, your bill will go up (probably a lot) and your internet speed may be throttled (i.e. slowed down). What a pain!

The bottom line: Data cap limits what you can do on the internet.

So Point Broadband has no data cap?

Yes, that’s right. We want you to use all the data you want, all the time. Stream Netflix all day, and Hulu all night, while you pick out new shoes on Amazon, and find a new music channel on Pandora. We want you to enjoy our internet, without ever worrying about a data cap.

So what does the 10MB and 20MB stuff mean on all of our communication?

When you see the 10MB (that’s megabit) and 20MB in our marketing materials, we’re describing the Internet speed you’ll receive. Some customers only need a 10MB package, while others (with multiple streaming devices and users) will need a 20MB package (gaming, etc.). This does not have anything to do with your data cap, because you will have unlimited data. We want you to connect and enjoy our fast, reliable Internet service all month, without a single worry about whether or not you’ve used it “too much”. 

#PoweredbyPoint

We hope you enjoy the brand new world of Cord-Cutting, and we are so glad that Point Broadband can help you cut the cord with our fast, reliable internet.

 

 

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Point Broadband CEO Todd Holt Joins Cord-Cutter Movement & Saves $1,200 per year

Todd Holt, Point Broadband’s Chief Executive Officer, isn’t someone we’d refer to as “tech savvy.” You won’t find him on social media or snapchat (thankfully), but he is quite the sports fan and likes to stay up-to-date on his favorite teams. So once our Marketing Department caught wind that he “cut the cord” at his house, we were all intrigued. What was his experience like? And, if he could cut the cable cord…the rest of the world could, too.

We asked Todd a few questions about his experience with ditching satellite TV service  in favor of streaming apps. His responses are summarized below.

What cable/satellite service did Todd use previously?

Todd was a satellite TV subscriber and paid about $140/month for service. He had the typical satellite setup, with a receiver mounted outside the residence and multiple receivers connected to TVs in his house.

What Streaming/Subscription Service is Todd using now?

Todd selected DirecTV Now as his main subscription service. Unlike traditional satellite TV products, the DirecTV Now app delivers content over the internet. (Yippee – no more outages due to rain or weather!)

Some channels include: ESPN, ESPN2, Cartoon Network, USA, HGTV, Nickelodeon, AMC, A&E, Food Network, Bravo, History, E!, Fox News, CNN, FX, Comedy Central, Spike, FS1, TBS, Animal Planet, FXX, TNT, Disney Channel, Discovery, Lifetime, Nat Geo, SyFy, TLC and more. ABC, FOX and NBC are included as well, but only in select markets.

Is Todd using a specific device to stream DirecTV Now?

Yes, in addition to smart TVs, Todd is using the Apple TV system to stream the content directly to his televisions. Since he travels frequently, he can also connect to the DirecTV app from his iPhone, iPad, and PC, and he can also take his Apple TV with him on his trips if he so desired, and enjoy the same TV experience he has at his home – on the road!

Here’s a list of devices that are currently supported by DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now Compatible Devices.

Can he watch DirecTV Now outside the home?

YES! As long as he has a strong broadband internet connection (like Point Broadband), he can stream his shows anywhere using the DirecTV app.

Other over-the-top TV Apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTubeTV, and Amazon Instant Video, are available on mobile devices, tablets, computers, etc. You can take your content with you anywhere, as long as that strong broadband connection is available.

You can’t do that with a cable or satellite TV bundle!

How much is Todd saving per year, just by ditching his satellite TV package?

Todd is saving about $102 per month, just by eliminating his pricey, satellite TV bundle. That’s a little over $1,200 per year! Yes, that’s right…over $1000 just by ditching that satellite dish.

Was it easy?

When Todd says it’s easy, it must be easy. These over-the-top apps are very intuitive and easy to set up. Even someone that does not have a technical background can set them up and begin streaming shows.  

#PoweredbyPoint

We hope you enjoy the brand new world of Cord-Cutting, and we are so glad that Point Broadband can help you cut the cord with our fast, reliable internet.