Working from Home with High Speed Internet?9/28/2021
Is high speed internet available here?
This is a question of growing importance in today's environment. With more and more people working from home, reliable high speed internet may be not just a luxury but a necessity for one's livelihood. The question "Is high speed internet available here?" is a bit of a trick question because “high speed internet” could mean different things to different users. My understanding is that the highest speeds involve Cable internet as opposed to DSL or satellite dish. Cable is available in much of Tillamook County. DSL internet is available in much of the county where there is no available cable. Otherwise, many rural properties must rely on satellite transmission for their internet connections.
Just because one house on the street has cable internet, it does not mean the house next door to it will have cable internet available. It could cost thousands just to extend the line to one more house, and sometimes if the cable company considers the neighborhood to be maxed out, they may simply decline to provide cable service to one more house on the same street. Each address must be individually checked. And, often making a phone call to the cable company will not provide a reliable answer. More often than not, the overseas tech who answers your call will say, “Sorry, we do not provide service to that area at all” when in fact the current homeowner may have an active account with the same company! Many people working at home have specific bandwidth and speed requirements, so you cannot rely on someone giving a best guess. Probably the most reliable answer will be come by paying a personal visit to the local cable office to ask a local staff person about the availability.
At this time, the provider for Tillamook County's cable internet is Spectrum/Charter. They are located in downtown Tillamook. Be aware, they are currently closed on Thursdays (oddly.) I spend a lot of time going to their office because people who sell their homes here are often surprised, after they have moved out of the house, that they were supposed to return Spectrum's cable boxes and modems. So, that is one of my courtesy services to my clients... returning their equipment to Spectrum.
As a real estate broker, reliable high speed internet is critically important to my business as well. I have used both cable internet and DSL in my home. I didn't notice a lot of difference between the two except when uploading photos. There is a noticeable difference in speed. And, I upload a LOT of photos.