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With speeds up to 2 Gbps, fiber optic internet providers currently offer the top speeds in the industry – much faster than DSL and cable.
Fiber internet is generally more expensive than DSL or cable internet services.
If fiber optic internet is available in your area, it may be your best option for a fast and reliable internet connection, especially for households with many people using the internet at one time.
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Fiber-optic networks consist of cables encasing long, thin strands of glass or plastic. These tiny fiber-optic lines are one-tenth the size of a human hair. Inside each fiber, light flashes from one location to the next. The flashing lights create patterns that translate into digital information.
Before fiber became a common technology, much of the infrastructure for telecommunications was expanded using cable and phone lines. Because this infrastructure was already in place, most internet Service Providers (ISP)s were slow to invest money into upgrading that infrastructure to fiber technology. Those that did needed to make up for the expense, which contributes to fiber generally being more expensive than other internet services.
Recently, developments in 5G wireless internet technology have slowed the expansion of fiber networks. Many ISPs that are big enough to support fiber believe 5G will soon allow them to wirelessly deliver fiber speeds, eliminating the need for expensive new infrastructure. Those ISPs see 5G as a more financially viable investment.
Fiber-optic internet is generally faster than other types of internet. Fiber-optic technology allows for more data to be transferred in a shorter amount of time than older internet technology, like cable and DSL. For internet users, this higher data-transfer rate results in faster load times, higher-quality streaming, and a better internet experience overall.
Fiber is not just for internet service. In fact, some of the biggest telecommunications companies in the United States use fiber-optic lines to deliver TV service as well. Among these brands are AT&T and CenturyLink, both of which offer fiber-optic television services in select markets.