Fiber optics company sees uptick in installations due to the coronavirus

People working and studying from home need faster internet speeds
Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 14:47:26-04

MURRAY, Utah -- — A fiber optic internet provider in Murray says it has seen an uptick in customers as more people work from home due to the recent quarantine for covid-19.

The company is Utopia Fiber, and they say they’ve been getting lots of calls about fiber optic internet.

“There’s been a lot of demand where people are worried about working from home having a lot of kids at home,” said Roger Timmerman, the executive director of Utopia Fiber.

Many people are now working from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“February was our best month ever and we’re way ahead of where we were last month,” Timmerman said.

Utopia Fiber has seen a 20 percent increase in customers this month compared to last month.

“Well there’s a lot of urgency around it," Timmerman said. "I think people are just worried about going over their bandwidth caps with other providers and we don’t have those."

The main reason is people are concerned about getting all their work done from home.

“I think about four kids doing a video conference type of classroom environment and then I’ve got to do my work as well and so I think the needs for internet are changing a little bit with this quarantine at home or the Covid-19 impact,” Timmerman said.

People are also now using the internet for tele-health purposes instead of going into a doctor’s office or the hospital.

Utopia Fiber says they’re now doing 600 to 700 installs a month.