Why Fiber Optic Internet?

There has been a lot of attention to fiber optic technology over the past few years. Many people wonder “What is fiber-optic Internet?” Fiber optic has been around for quite a while but there are still plenty of areas where it has not been fully implemented. AT&T U-verse is working on replacing copper wire with fiber optic. Dial-up provider Earthlink provides Hyperlink fiber optic Internet as well. Cincinnati Bell has Fioptics fiber-optic Internet. Cable companies like Charter and Comcast also use fiber optics in their infrastructure.

Telecommunications is not an industry that moves fast. Cable doesn’t move that fast either. This is an industry that plans for decades. Some companies are probably still using copper wire that was laid a hundred years ago when Alexander Graham Bell was still running the company.

The state of New York has been fighting Internet service providers there for years to get them to upgrade their infrastructure.

Even with the push for wireless Internet lately, there will be a need for Fiber Optic Internet for years to come since even wireless Internet depends on fiber optic cables to run to the towers to complete the network.

Fiber optic is better than copper wire for several reasons:

  • It is less expensive than copper wire.
  • There is less signal degradation, so data can travel for much longer distances.
  • Data sent over fiber optic cables do not interfere with the data on neighboring cables like can happen with copper wire.
  • Fiber optic cables are much lighter than traditional copper wire.
  • Less energy is used sending data over fiber optic.
  • Copper wire can overheat if over used. Fiber doesn’t have that problem.
  • Fiber optic cable takes up less space than copper wire.
  • Fiber cable needs less upkeep than traditional wire cables.
  • It is much harder to get shocked by fiber since they are poor electrical conductors. Copper wires are often used for their conductive properties to run electricity throughout a house.
  • Since Fiber optic cables don’t carry electricity (or even conduct it) the chances of sparks starting a fire are almost nil.
  • Fiber optic cable can transmit data digitally instead of needing to convert it to analog and back to digital again. This is much more efficient than older systems.