What is Fiber Internet?


Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Light speed is the equivalent of 186,000 miles per second and over 670 million miles per hour. At that rate, you could travel seven-and-a-half times around the earth . . . in just one second.

Scientists have successfully found a way to apply the power of light to - communications. Fiber optic Internet is a broadband connection that can reach speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second with very little lag time. Glass fibers are used to transmit light pulses over long distances for everything from phone calls to Internet data. To date, this is the fastest Internet form of data transmission. And this new technology is helping to enhance Internet experiences.

But Isn't Glass Highly Breakable?

In data transmission applications, fiber optic glass breakage is rare. These fiber cables are over-engineered to handle demanding conditions and challenging installations. In fact, the military even uses fiber cables to keep lines of communication open even in the roughest conditions.

How is Fiber Optic Internet Installed?

Your ISP will send an expert to install a small utility box called an optical network terminal (ONT) outside or inside your home during the appointment. The technician connects an ONT to a nearby equipment box, which will carry the fiber-optic connection from the broader network to your location. The terminal box is connected to your router through an Ethernet connection after it is connected to the network.

To take advantage of fiber optic speeds, you'll need a fiber-ready router. To ensure that all components of your service are compatible and will function with your new service, we strongly advise getting a new gateway directly from your Internet service provider. Most providers let you rent or buy a router that will help you get the most out of your fiber connection.

Is Fiber Internet Better?

Fiber Internet can handle the increasing demand for more bandwidth, meaning the only future upgrade needed would be for the network equipment, not the actual fiber cables. Fiber optic cables send data up to 1,000 times faster than copper cables. Faster data speeds mean speedier upload and download speeds, shorter loading time on websites, and streaming without lagging. Plus, since fiber cables do not radiate a signal, it is tough to extract data from it, making it more secure. Fiber can better withstand different temperatures, water, and weather than other technologies. And since we build fiber lines directly to your home, you don't have to worry about spotty signals from a satellite or tower. Since the fibers are made of glass, it transmits light instead of electricity. Other technologies that deliver the Internet include cable, copper, DSL, among others. These different technologies transmit electricity and are shared lines (vs. dedicated like our fiber lines), meaning your experience will suffer based on the number of people on the network. Fiber brings opportunity. Not just the chance for buffer-free streaming, but the opportunity for our homes and businesses to expand their communication.

What’s The Difference Between WiFi and Fiber?

As we've covered before, fiber optic Internet is a connection that uses fine glass cables to send data at fast speeds utilizing light pulses. The use of light and glass is an alternative to the wireless connection used for WiFi.

Wireless connections no longer require the vast setup that fiber does because WiFi connections have already been hooked up through radio towers. Consequently, it is a connection that doesn't require a physical wire to utilize the Internet.

WiFi provides a network for different devices to connect with the net wirelessly through radio waves. This network is established through WiFi routers. Smartphones, laptops, computers, or any other device to connect to a wireless network can utilize WiFi.

When comparing fiber and WiFi, it is vital to consider several factors. Even though a wireless network can transmit data as fast as fiber, fiber optics can maintain higher speeds. This is especially true when networks become congested. The more users at any particular time, the more crowded and slower the wireless network becomes. Fiber optic Internet is capable of much faster speeds than current networks provide. Wireless signals are also weaker with distance. The further away the user is from the signal, the weaker the connection. Fiber-optic wires convey a clear signal at wider distances.

What is the Fastest Fiber Optic Speed?

The fastest form of broadband Internet (high speed Internet) technology, fiber Internet offers even faster speeds than satellite Internet, digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet and other forms of Internet connections. Some Internet service providers (ISPs) offer fiber Internet access at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), and 500 megabits per second (Mbps) is becoming the norm in some areas of the country.

Fiber optic Internet service from fiber optic Internet providers offers much faster Internet speeds over much greater distances than traditional copper wired Internet networks like DSL and cable. Depending on your ISP, you can expect to receive the best broadband Internet speeds available. Best of all, fiber networks are designed for the future - even if speeds become 1000 times faster than the current rates, fiber optics will be ready to transmit them.

What is the Advantage of Fiber Internet?

Fiber Internet offers a long list of user benefits, including:

  • Easily stream video and audio files - Whether you are streaming a movie on Netflix, listening to streaming audio on Radio Paradise or watching YouTube videos, fiber Internet has plenty of bandwidth to make it happen
  • Get a high-security Internet connection - Fiber optic cables offer a much more secure Internet connection than copper wire Internet connections which can be more easily compromised and lead to signal hacking
  • Enjoy faster upload speeds and download speeds - With fiber Internet, you can easily upload and download files at the same time. This includes Internet files, cable TV, and even phone applications
  • Be more competitive at online gaming - If you're an online gamer, you may have experienced problems with "latency" when using the Internet - a delay between pressing your controller button and your on-screen character taking action. Fiber optic networks help to resolve this issue and make it feel like you are playing in "real time"
  • >Avoid signal interference - Fiber optic connections are virtually immune to signal interference that can be caused by radio and electromagnetic frequencies
  • Dependable technology - Since fiber Internet transfers data through light signals, there is less wear and tear on the cables. In addition, Copper cables are susceptible to fire and extreme weather conditions that can affect the data transmission and connectivity. DSL Internet also uses vibrational signals to send data which can begin to wear down copper cables over time
  • Pay less, get more - Fiber Internet connections have become more affordable due to the large-scale production of fiber optic cables from fiber providers around the world
  • Look to the future - Fiber optic technology continues to expand in all areas. You can trust that the high performance Internet service you are enjoying now will continue for years to come

Why Fiber Internet Could be Future Proof

Many Internet experts are indicating that fiber Internet may never become obsolete. In fact, they are predicting that fiber is so future-proof that most people will have to update their electronics before upgrading the fiber itself.

Says one Internet network architect:

"Another way to look at it is you've got a road to your house, and today you've got a gas car," he said. "Tomorrow you might be driving a hybrid, and then after that you'll be buying electric. It's the same road. And with fiber, you're building a data highway. Over time, you're going to upgrade what vehicles you run on that data highway, but you're not going to update the fiber."

These experts also cite fiber’s outstanding capacity as another reason why many are calling it “the final frontier of high speed Internet.”

In addition to offering high performance Internet speeds, fiber cable is also environmentally friendly, making it sustainable for the future. Sending a flash of light across a fiber optic cable takes significantly less energy than sending electrical signals through copper cables and coaxial cables. This means less carbon output, lower emissions and greener operations.

Finally, fiber optic cables are used in hundreds of industries, including imaging optics for medical applications, digital signage, SONAR and many others. As these industries continue to progress, new fiber optics developments are coming - and Internet providers will be watching.

From all indications, fiber Internet is not only a great choice for high speed Internet now – it’s an Internet technology that is designed and built for future online applications.

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