The new norm of working as well as schooling remotely as a safety measure to avoid Covid-19 exposure is fast gaining ground in Sarasota, thanks to the area’s superb infrastructure for online connectivity. Moving forward, further improvements on this local network shall enhance some more the advantages of living in Sarasota and her islands.
Sarasota ranks No. 29 on the charts of “most connected cities.” Twenty internet service providers serve Sarasota, with 11 of those providing residential connections. For wired Internet, the most widely available service providers are HughesNet and Viasat Internet.
The top network types available around Sarasota include DSL providers such as Frontier Communications and cable providers XFINITY from Comcast.
Frontier Communications and main providers HughesNet and Viasat provides their subscribers with 30 Mbps top speed. Plans are underway for other ISPs like Suncoast Broadband to connect customers via wireless hardware capable of as much as 50 Mbps. For business users requiring more sophisticated network technologies, there are 10 service providers to choose from in Sarasota.
Businesses and Schools
User demand for the more advanced connectivity infrastructure is on the rise from local businesses which have adopted work-from-home protocols for their employees. The drinkware manufacturer Tervis is among these companies. One of Sarasota County’s largest employer, this company is selling its corporate headquarters in North Venice and moving to a smaller place from where it would coordinate its work-from-home head office employees.
Sarasota’s schools are also stepping up their online learning programs, as social distancing amongst students in their campus is a challenging setup to accomplish. Already, there are plans for Sarasota schools to offer online classes to a significant portion of their enrollees this fall.
Remote Learning Spreads
For adult education, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College is currently holding summer semester courses online for such subjects as stress management, health, and well-being, memoir writing, literature, and current events.
The main Ringling College has also adopted remote learning programs to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. This art school has migrated its entire learning programs to a top-tier online model. From June 21 to July 18, Ringling will conduct its Pre-College student sessions online.
The libraries of Sarasota County are also relying on Internet connectivity to deliver its services, even as nine of its 10 branches are reopening starting June 15. Library patrons are encouraged to reserve materials online for curbside pickup later. Virtual library programming and online resources are also still the local libraries’ suggested go-to platforms for the general public.
Real estate players, like our Judy Kepecz-Hays team, have of course benefited much from the robust communication infrastructure in the Sarasota area. Despite work-from-home situations, we have been able to provide quality services to our clients. As you may have noticed, we were even able to complete a wonderful makeover of our website. This notwithstanding the pressure and constraints of stay-at-home policies put in place. Indeed, the communication network in place in Sarasota comes as a reliable tool for moving forward and successfully coping with the new norms of living in this time of Covid-19.