What’s the deal with Fiber Optics?
Unlike copper, fiber optics has the capability to pass tremendous amounts of data. Fiber optic Internet service has been growing exponentially over the past few years. I am sure you have heard Verizon touting a “100% fiber-optic network”. That may be the case on telephone poles, underground cables, and even into their distribution panel in your house. But once it leaves that distribution panel, it’s converted back to copper. Their network is built on fiber, but most homes, even newer homes, still rely on copper such as coaxial cable to transmit and receive data. So you may ask yourself if they ran fiber optics everywhere but my home, what’s the point? The answer is simple, a future-proof infrastructure. They are gearing up for what will inevitably be a massive demand for speed and bandwidth, not only for the Internet but cable TV and phone lines as well. With more Internet-connected devices coming into homes such as thermostats, doorbells, home automation and door locks (just to name a few), the number of connected devices is growing. But the use of fiber optics is already here. It’s being used for audio/video cables that can be run long distances copper just simply can’t. As far as what you pay for fiber or copper, they are pretty close in cost.
So What’s the Verdict?
Simply put, fiber. It’s the future!
What can you do to take Advantage of this Growing Technology?
Building a new home or remodeling? Looking for the proper cabling for your new advanced devices? Come in or give us a call today to discuss what fiber can do for you! We guarantee you’ll be amazed.