Snowy Days At Fast Trak!

 

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Nothing motivates Fast Trak more than a snowy day! Today Alexandria was hit with a minor snow storm starting at 8:00 AM and continuing throughout the day. The snow fall created a motivational atmosphere here in the office. We even took a little break to have a brief snowball fight. Hope everyone enjoyed the snow as much as we did, bundle up and stay warm!

Fiber Optic expansion in Arlington!

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On Saturday, February 21 2015, the Arlington county board voted to start selling fiber optic access to federal agencies, businesses, and organizations in the commercial areas. Arlington’s fiber optics were initially built with extra capacity to be sold for economic development. Since faster and stronger connections have become an important staple of doing business the county is expecting this to attract more businesses to the area. Roslyn-Ballston corridor, Glebe Road, Columbia Pike, and Crystal city are among the areas that will have access to the fiber optics.

 

Want to learn more about fiber optics? Check out Lightwave!

Celebrating the life of Will Hicks!

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Will Hicks, a pioneer of fiber optics, passed on Saturday February 14, 2015 at the age of 91. Hicks was recruited by the CIA to develop fiber optic bundles. The fiber optics were originally meant to encode images for spies and have since become popular in the telecommunications industry. The CIA project failed, but Hicks continued his work and in 1959 he helped with the creation of advanced fiber communication systems. After a brief respite from his work, Hicks came back in the 1970′s and started his own company to work on creating an all-optical network. He went on to sell his company to Polaroid in 1982. Hicks continued to work alongside Polaroid even after the sale of his company. Will Hicks was a creative mind with a passion for fiber optics.

 

RIP Will Hicks 1924-2015

 

Fast Trak in Dallas!

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Some of our top leaders were chosen to attend the Top Gun meeting in Dallas, TX. on February 6-8, 2015.  Top Gun is a quarterly conference that brings together the top leaders from across the country. We had the opportunity to network with some of the best people in our industry, listen to some incredible speakers, and now we’re ready to implement what we’ve learned. We have already put some new things in place and we are excited to continue growing and expanding!

 

Fiber Optics

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In the past few years the popularity of Fiber-optic communications networks have been expanding rapidly. Fiber-optics use smaller cables to transmit data faster and further. The conductor is made of glass so it is immune to many types of interferences that can cause signal loss. The fiber-optics are also easier to maintain, making the prices lower for the customer.

As more fiber-optics lines are being put down companies need to also get the word out about the services. That’s where we come in. Fast Trak Inc. handles the marketing and promotion of Fiber-optics. We create campaigns for customer acquisition and product awareness. By paying close attention to market conditions we are able to help our clients.

 

 

Fiber Optics vs. Copper Cable Info

  • Fiber Optics are made of Silica Glass surrounded by a “Vulcanized” Rubber jacket for durability. “Vulcanized” Rubber is what car tires are made of – it does not freeze and contracts and expands very little due to heat. (This is becoming a huge use for recycled tired, and what we use to coat fiber optics.)
  • Fiber Optics change information by shooting a laser through it Silica Glass. This makes them free of any electromagnetic interference.
  • Fiber Optics are buried 6 feet underground, as oppose to most copper cables which are only about 4 feet, and thus much more susceptible to expanding and contracting.
  • Some Fiber optics (about 10-15% ) are aerial cables, however they are much more durable, due to their “Vulcanized”  Rubber coating.
  • Most Copper Cables are coated with PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) which is the same plastic the pipes in your house are made out of. No problem for your pipes, because they are at room temperature. Copper Cables in the ground however, are not and this coating cracks and breaks very easily.
  • Other networks use Coaxial Copper Cables from your dish to your house coated in the same PVC. If you have ever the large spool of extra wire under your dish, it is for the expanding and contracting throughout the year. The only Coaxial Copper Cables Fiber Optics use are inside your house to your Set Top Boxes and not susceptible to the above problems due to it being inside..
  • No matter what the other networks tell you, their service doe go out in sever weather occasionally. Usually that is when consumers would need to see the news most. Also, if wind is strong enough to change the angle of your dish, it will not work and require service.
  • The network that previously held its contract for the Football Sunday Ticket, lost its contract due to a possible buyout from other networks.
  • Fiber Optics bundles all 3 (telephone, internet, and TV) all into one company. This greatly improves security and simplicity.
  • The only limitation to Fiber Optic internet speeds are what you choose to pay for. The network is set so everyone on a block could run a business out of their house if needed. If you decide you want even faster internet, simply call our network. They will come install a new router to get the speed you need, its that easy.

 Want to learn more? Check out LightWave for news and information about fiber optics!

 

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