Nov. 15, 2023 – At Clearwave Fiber, we’re proud to be known around the towns we serve as among the best Internet providers for residents and businesses. But did you know that we also support a third group with our high-speed Fiber Internet network? Today, we’re taking a moment to celebrate local community anchor institutions.
Read on to learn more about this important group – and how, as a local company ourselves, Clearwave Fiber is committed to keeping them connected.
What Are Community Anchor Institutions?
Anchor institutions are mission-based, publicly oriented organizations that provide services essential to our area’s economy, health, safety, culture and general well-being.
Anchor institutions include hospitals and other medical facilities, emergency services like fire and police, universities and other institutions of higher education, and public services like libraries.
These institutions all play a critical role in our society, and they all depend on reliable access to the Internet to function effectively in the 21st century economy.
Hospitals & Medical Clinics
Universally appreciated by everyone fortunate enough to have one close by, a hospital is an anchor institution that many of us depend on in the starkest moments of our lives. Whether they’re treating chronic illnesses or responding to life-threatening injuries, hospitals and other medical clinics provide critical services every day.
And in a true health emergency, every second counts. Rapid access to medical records, keen and swift analysis of radiological and similar medical imagery, and urgent consultations among experts – these are often matters of life and death. Thus, perhaps more than anywhere else, having Internet as reliable and fast as Fiber in our community hospitals and health clinics is most critical.
Beyond the immediate health needs of patients and the broader community, hospitals and medical clinics regularly communicate with both patients and other health professionals. Maintaining a solid Internet connection to transmit medical files and even hold telehealth follow-up visits is crucial to the missions of hospitals and medical centers.
Fiber’s bandwidth capacity is substantially larger than other types of Internet and can make indispensable communication and data transfers quick and seamless, helping health providers fulfill their calling – and keep our communities healthier and safer at the same time.
Fire, Police & Other Emergency Services
Local first responders – the good people of our fire stations, paramedics, and police departments – are our community’s heroes, often putting their own lives at risk to help others. And they are regularly on call at every minute of every hour of the day.
Without the brave and resourceful men and women in fire, police and other emergency services, our community would be far less safe. Thus, it goes without saying that our first responders are anchor institutions in our area, and everyone is grateful for their service.
Reliable communications and connectivity are necessary for these essential services. Internet keeps emergency service providers informed about hazards, real-time traffic information, hazardous weather and natural disasters, and other problems our community faces. And Internet keeps fire, police, and paramedics connected to everyone in our community – including to hospitals and emergency rooms – providing an instant connection when and where help is needed most.
Universities & Community Colleges
The quintessential anchor institution in the United States is the college or university. Centers of learning that attract talent and skills in many fields, a college’s mission – regardless of whether it’s a large university or a smaller, regionally-focused community college – is to educate young adults (and others) and provide them with skills and knowledge for success.
But colleges and universities do far more than just teach students. They also serve as learning, cultural, artistic, and athletic centers for our entire community, greatly enriching our lives with special events, art exhibits, dramatic performances, musical concerts, and sports.
And given the beehive of online activity generated at colleges – especially online research, lectures, conferences, emailing, video editing and production among many other examples – a steady and fast Internet connection is a veritable requirement for 21st century higher education.
The broader community, which often has access to a university’s prominent speakers, exhibitions, and even certain library materials also benefits from Fiber’s high speeds and greater bandwidth, multiplying the benefits to our region even more.
Libraries & Museums
Often overlooked, but nonetheless invaluable, public libraries and museums of all kinds provide educational, artistic, and cultural opportunities offered almost nowhere else. They bring together resourceful, knowledgeable experts and support staff that create experiences that both inform and inspire.
Groups as diverse as toddlers, school children, book clubs, tourists, and seniors are enriched by the facilities and programs libraries and museums provide. Without Internet, however, these anchor institutions may find it difficult to fulfill their unique niche in our community, including facilitating beloved programs like story hour, reading clinics, film nights, visiting exhibitions, club meetings, and guest experts.
And the community can often access many of these features – including e-books and other electronic materials – from home through remote and online access. Thus, Fiber keeps each of us better connected to our area’s libraries, museums, and related curated institutions and their bevy of information and collections that set them apart.
Fiber Internet Keeps Our Anchor Institutions Well-Connected to Our Community – and to You
As much as our community depends on anchor institutions to improve our daily lives and make our region a better place to live, anchor institutions in turn rely on dependable and fast Internet to get their jobs done. And they also look to the local team of experts and technicians that keep Clearwave Fiber’s network running strong and efficiently – and with the local knowledge and care to respond fast and effectively to any technical issue that may arise.
Indeed, the team at Clearwave Fiber are more than just Internet service professionals. We’re also your neighbors. Like you, we live and work in our community, which means we rely on and appreciate the work of our community’s anchor institutions.
As a local company ourselves, we’re highly committed to responding swiftly to emergencies like outages, which in turn lets the good people at our local anchor institutions do their jobs serving our community and keeping it healthy as well.
When you choose Clearwave Fiber for your residential or business Internet, you support our business enabling us to turn around and support our community. Thank you for shopping locally for your Internet.