It's All the Same Pipes- (republishing for new members)


You've probably heard the phrase "the last mile" in connection with broadband. This refers to how the internet gets to you, on the last leg of the journey.

Chebeague has two (Axiom and Fairpoint) substantial "pipes" of data coming into the D Slam (large connection box next to The Clam Shack)

But from there, both providers use the same "pipes" to sent it "the last mile" to your house.

Fairpoint owns the pipes.

The challenge is that the "Pipes" are old style copper which has greater resistance to data flow, than Fiber Optic Cables.

So, both providers use the same "pipes" for "the last mile" getting internet to your house.

I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream

Here's a Wikipedia definition of streaming

Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. The verb “to stream” refers to the process of delivering or obtaining media in this manner; the term refers to the delivery method of the medium, rather than the medium itself, and is an alternative to file downloading, a process in which the end-user obtains the entire file for the content before watching or listening to it.

So, your computer/TV/phone can either download the entire file (like email) -or- allow you to watch/listen to a "stream" of content. It doesn't save the file, you just enjoy it, as it "streams" by.

Here's an approximate list of how big the stream needs to be to carry the content you want. Although streaming music doesn't take much bandwidth (there are lots of free internet radio stations) - video does. High definition video even more.

Those of you who stream video, like Netflix, may notice that picture quality might vary. When the internet doesn't have enough bandwidth (stream size), it might provide a lower resolution picture. In the Summer, you probably notice it more because there are more people -sharing the stream.

What's a Modem ? (this is really fun)

If you are subscribed to the internet, there is a modem in your house. This is a black box (with blinking lights) which converts the signal coming into the house, to a usable signal for your computer.

It is probably also transmitting that signal via wifi, to your computer

Here is Wikipedia's quick explanation

A modem (modulator-demodulator) is a network hardware that modulates one or more carrier wave signals to encode digital information for transmission and demodulates signals to decode the transmitted information. The goal is attempting to produce a signal that can be transmitted easily and decoded to reproduce the original digital data.

Hold up your iPhone and say "Ahhhh"

True story

One of our members had a friend, who arrived home late one evening, with a sore throat.

They dialed a Telemedicine Doctor who had them hold up their phone so the doctor could view their throat. Immediate confirmation of a simple medical condition.

Here's a chart of responses to a survey done by Nemours Children's Health System. 

Click this for the entire report


Digital Literacy - Wordpress and Quickbooks- Sign Up by May 31st

The Island Institute is sponsoring a couple of Free Virtual Workshops for digital literacy in June. Click here to learn about the WordPress: Website Design for Business class on June 19th from 1-4.

 Click here to learn about the QuickBooks Online: Bookkeeping for Business on June 19th from 12 - 1. Registration deadline is May 31st. You can contact Sharon at Axiom 255-4917 or email

It's as Easy as 1 2 3

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Here's a futuristic opinion of what version 3 of the Internet will look like. (I still thought we were in Version 1)

Web 1.0 was like a library: somewhere you went to get information.
Web 2.0 is like a group of friends: a place full of user generated content and ideas.
Web 3.0 will be like having a personal butler, who learns your preferences, and delivers what you want, when you want it. Traditional technology such as broadcast television and radio will likely shrink and disappear, due to the growth and expansion of the web.
This is the internet growth over the past 18 years.

This is the internet growth over the past 18 years.

Telephony (what ?)

What is Telephony ?

Technically, it means something that allows people to talk long distance. So it covers a wide range of methods.

Most people have three options;

  • Landline - the original service that uses electrical impulses to run over the copper cables on the telephone poles. Still usually works, if the electricity goes out.
  • Cell Phone - the cell signal comes from a tower on the mainland.
  • VOIP- Voice Over Internet Protocol (what?) which is telephone over your internet.

In our analysis, VOIP might allow you (only if you want) to switch your landline to a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) through your ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Switching your land line phone to an internet phone.

If you ever want to do this - make sure you can keep your land line phone number. 

So, you might want to check how much you pay for your landline as there may be savings if you bundle it in with your internet plan.

 However, if the internet goes down, so does your phone and you want to take this into consideration, if it is your only phone.

Click here for a more details