The impact of this fiber expansion cannot be overstated. A majority of our members now have access to a fiber-to-the-home connection. As a result, thousands of homes, small businesses and industries can connect to infrastructure capable of delivering the most advanced telecommunications services available. From high-definition video streaming to remote connections and large file transfers, the network is in place to meet the demands of today and the challenges of tomorrow.
We have taken many actions to ensure this cooperative is in a position to serve the region for decades to come. One of the most significant of these actions has been the expansion of our services beyond our traditional territory. We provide advanced, fiber-based telecom services to portions of Section and Dutton in Jackson County, as well as Fort Payne, Crossville, Collinsville, Hammondville and Mentone in DeKalb County. This not only extends critical services to these neighboring communities, but also provides revenue to support the functions of the cooperative for its membership base.
In some areas, it is difficult to extend fiber on a cost-effective basis. It is therefore important that we have alternative technologies available to serve these regions. With that in mind, we purchased Boonlink, a Fort Payne-based company, to expand our wireless internet capabilities. This line-of-sight technology enables us to provide broadband services in a non-wired environment.
Many homeowners today are taking advantage of broadband’s connectivity to deploy smart home technology. In 2014 we launched our own security service that helps businesses and homeowners monitor and protect their property. These systems are expandable as advances in technology make new services possible.