Wave Broadband adding more zip to its internet speed

PORT ORCHARD — Wave Broadband customers within the city of Port Orchard are about to get faster internet speeds.

The communications company earlier this month informed the city that it will be performing a video system upgrade enabling it to increase bandwidth. The upgrade will provide users with faster internet connections for its Port Orchard customers.

On March 13, Wave said its digital equipment will be required to view all the channels it provides on the company’s local broadcast and expanded content tiers. While the channels are already available in a digital format, all customers will now need to have Wave digital equipment on each connected television in order to access those channels, said Ishmel Goodrum, senior vice president of operations for Wave.

On the cable television side, it shouldn’t result in a major change for customers. Wave said that more than 88 percent of its customers already have the required digital equipment. For those who don’t, the company said it will offer free equipment options. But its customers who have Wave internet service will benefit from the upgrade.

“This upgrade will provide the additional bandwidth that’s needed for faster internet speeds, future channel additions and the launch of advanced product features and upgrades,” Goodrum said.

He said customers are being kept informed about the upgrade via mail notification.

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