What Gig Certified Means


NTCA, the Rural Broadband Association, has recognized Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (FMTC) with the Certified Gig Community award. The distinction is only for companies who can provide Gigabit Internet to their customers. Gigabit is equal to 1,000Mb. 

“We know it can be difficult to understand technical language and what different Internet speeds really mean,” said Kevin Cabbage, FMTC’s CEO & General Manager.  “So let me state it this way: Less than 12% of the customers in Iowa and the US have a fiber optic network connected right to their home or business. AND, an even smaller percentage have a network capable of delivering Gigabit Internet (up to 1000Mb). We are proud to say FMTC customers are in this rare group, with all the benefits the Fiber network provides.”

FMTC serves Stanton, New Market, Bethesda, Villisca and Nodaway with ultra-fast Internet, TV and voice communications services. We also provide Internet and other services to business customers in Bedford, Clarinda, Corning and Red Oak. 

3 Things to Know

Did you know you’re in a rare group? Although no one can agree on the percentage, there ARE NOT many customers in the US who have access to a Fiber-to-the-Home network, and all the benefits it offers. By our information, only about 12% of customers in the nation have Fiber-to-the-Home available to them. That means you have what 88% of the customers in the U.S. wish they had.

So what does that mean for you? We’ve put it in a few easy categories.

1. Huge bandwidth capabilities. The Internet has grown a lot since it burst on the scene for most of us in 1993. In the early days, it was only text we consumed, which matched our connections at the time: dialup. Now, we watch video on YouTube, we stream HD ‘TV’ shows on Netflix and we video chat with others routinely. Our fiber network can deliver up to 1 Gig (which is equal to 1000Mb) and our basic Internet is now 75Mb! You don’t need to know how to calculate bits and bytes to know this is a lot of Internet speed!

2. You do more and connect more devices to your Internet connection. The lines that once defined Internet, TV and phone used to be distinct. Now, TV and Internet blur together a trend, which will accelerate, creating more need for that huge bandwidth we spoke about before. You can connect all the devices you want - computers, smartTVs, game systems, tablets, smartphones, and streaming media boxes.

3. We have invested in you and our communities. We say we are Your Connection to the World, and now that requires Fiber-to-the-Home. We care about you, our communities and the climate we offer to those who want to create jobs – that is why we have invested in this network!