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Fiber Internet Increases Home Values

Fiber Internet Increases Home Values

Move over kitchens and bathrooms–fiber has moved up on the must-have list for homebuyers. Now more than ever before, people want to work, learn, and access telehealth applications from home. Modern lifestyles require modern internet powered by a fiber network. In fact, a 2023 study showed that fiber-delivered internet access could increase a home’s value by almost 5%. On average, U.S. consumers would require a 4.9% decrease in price for a non-fiber home, a 3.2% decrease for a non-fiber condo,...

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Eight Real-Life Ways Fiber Internet Makes a Difference

Eight Real-Life Ways Fiber Internet Makes a Difference

Just about any of our customers who have already made the switch from older forms of internet (like cable) to fiber broadband will tell you that fiber’s advanced technology is vastly superior to anything else they’ve used. From downloading files at near-light-speed, to voluminous amounts of available bandwidth for handling multiple applications simultaneously, to more reliable material components that provide pristine streaming TV and movie experiences, fiber is simply heads-and-shoulders...

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Does Black Bear Fiber Offer TV?

You already know that Black Bear Fiber offers fast, reliable fiber internet right to your home. But have you ever wondered If we provide television service, too, including access to live TV, news, and sports?  As part of our commitment to deliver the very best internet experience possible, we do not offer TV as a separate service—because we believe you deserve better. With modern streaming services, you can enjoy live television without the need for a separate cable connection or an expensive...

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Smart TVs vs. Streaming Devices

Smart TVs vs. Streaming Devices

When you’re ready to cut the cable cord and switch to streaming, you’ll need to either get a Smart TV or purchase a streaming device that enables streaming on your current TV. But is one option better than the other? Read on to compare these two streaming options based on your budget, personal preferences, and more. Smart TV Pros and Cons Smart TVs are popular for good reason. In addition to connecting you to your favorite streaming platforms, they can also provide a stunning high definition...

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Kid-Friendly Streaming Platforms

Kid-Friendly Streaming Platforms

With streaming devices seemingly everywhere, it’s easy for your children to turn on the smart TV or pick up a tablet or smartphone and start watching their favorite shows and movies. Indeed, there’s no shortage of streaming content they can enjoy, with studios pouring money into animated series, live-action adventure or “mystery” stories, or educational shows that are both informative and a lot of fun.  But it’s natural for parents to have concerns about their child’s online activity and...

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Six Online Payment Options for Your Small Business

Six Online Payment Options for Your Small Business

Small businesses and their leaders have way too much going on to spend time tracking down invoices or waiting for the bank to process payments. Fortunately, advanced internet-based payment systems have substantially cut down paperwork processing, as well as the time it takes to receive funds. Below we highlight six of the best online e-commerce and in-person payment options available for small businesses today. When connected to Black Bear Fiber's fiber network, your small business can use the...

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Where to Stream Football This Season (2023-24)

Where to Stream Football This Season (2023-24)

With the heat of summer waning and autumn’s crisper air approaching, it’s time for another much-awaited season of the year: football season! And with significant changes and moves among college football team conferences, and major newly-signed players joining the ranks of the NFL, the 2023 football season looks to be one of the most impressive in recent memory.  But in addition to the moving and shaking occurring in the sport itself, many football fans are perplexed—or even frustrated—by...

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What To Expect With Your Installation Appointment

If you’ve recently signed up for our high-speed internet services, congratulations! We can’t wait to get you connected! To help you prepare for your installation appointment, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions and concerns some people have about their installation. We hope it will help you get prepared—and even more excited—about the big day! If you still have questions about your appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team. We’re local and happy to...

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Why Nothing Beats Fiber Internet 

Why Nothing Beats Fiber Internet 

You’re probably bombarded by lots of advertising trying to persuade you to switch internet providers. And these ads all promise the same thing—fast, reliable internet at a great price. However, quality internet service has nothing to do with the spiffy corporate logos and glossy images of smiling faces in marketing materials. At its most fundamental level, the speed and reliability of your internet is based on the kind of technology and quality of materials used to deliver internet into your...

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Understanding Speed Test Results

Understanding Speed Test Results

Testing the speed of your internet connection is easy, but it’s also easy to misunderstand the results. Your devices — TVs, routers, smartphones, laptops, desktops, etc. — have different capabilities, and you can get different results on each one, even while using the same internet connection.  This is particularly noticeable to users taking advantage of higher speed packages, like the 1000 Mbps x 1000 Mbps service now offered by Black Bear Fiber.  Here are a few things to keep in...

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