USA Media unveils new high-speed Web access
Approximately 200 Truckee residents have already signed up for USA Media’s new high-speed Internet service, USA@Home, adding to Truckee’s growing high-tech options.
USA@Home provides Internet service through fiber-optic cable wire and an external cable modem installed by USA Media contractors.
“The beauty of at home service is that it’s all driven through cable,” USA Media Regional Manager Roger Terneuzen said, of the service that was launched officially on May 20.
USA Media has partnered with Excite@Home, out of Redwood City, Calif. and the content is powered through Excite.
“The system is really robust with a powerful diversity of content,” he said. “In a nutshell, it’s so fast, so robust, you’re able to get much more information more quickly.”
Download speeds range from 90 to 140 kilobites per second. The system in Truckee is designed as four T-1 lines and seven PRI lines. USA@Home has been up and running in Half Moon Bay, Calif. for eight months, and has approximately 700 homes using the service in that community.
“We designed the system to be able to use almost an identical modem that has the capability for enormous downloads, but uploads with the telephone inside the home,” he explained.
The system uploads at 33 kilobites per second. “If there’s any disadvantage, it is slight. Even the uploads are consistent with what’s available in the area.”
Terneuzen said the service is not designed for large network activities.
“It’s designed for you and me,” he said. “It’s designed for the normal, average customer at home that is doing a variety of things on the Internet but not for operating a business on the Internet.”
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