03/20/2018

Fiber Internet Explained

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What Does Fiber Optic Internet Mean For You? Faster, More Reliable Everything!

Faster websites. Faster movie downloads. More reliable streaming of TV, video, and music. Fiber optic internet is here and it’s going to change the way you internet forever.

Fiber optic internet service delivers TV, internet, and phone service through a single strand of flexible glass fiber. At just .002” in diameter, fiber is thinner than a human hair. And even though it’s 150 times thinner than the coaxial cable you’re used to, fiber internet is 10 to 40 times faster than regular broadband.

The best news? TV and internet at the speed of light are already here, in southern Middle Tennessee!

So are you wondering “how do I get fiber internet in my area?”  Read on.

Surf, Watch and Connect at the Speed of Light.

With normal broadband, internet and cable TV come to your house as electrical signals through copper wires. In most cases, either the cable company’s coaxial cable or the phone company’s telephone wires run from a nearby network switch to your house, then into your cable TV receivers (your set-top boxes) and internet gateway (your modem-router.)

With fiber optic internet service, everything comes to your house as pulses of light through a fiber optic line. Your internet service provider connects a dedicated fiber line from the network switch to your house.  When it enters the house, the signal from the fiber optic cable is distributed to your set-top boxes and internet gateway.

Nothing moves faster than light. In fact, electricity moves at just one tenth of the speed of light.  So because the signal moves through a fiber optic network so much faster, more signals can move through the fiber in a given period of time.

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No one likes it when “the internet is slow.”

And yet broadband network traffic slowdowns seem like an inescapable fact of online life. Network traffic studies have shown that these slowdowns tend to happen at the very local level. So after supper, when you hop online to watch movies, play games, and surf, everyone in the neighborhood has to use the same network.

It’s as though everyone in town drove past your house at the same time.

Internet service providers have tried to manage many of these slowdowns with sophisticated switches and software.  But with the rise of 4K and high definition video, streaming, and DVR, demand for faster networks has grown.

Fiber optic internet service is able to feed your massive appetite for data for two reasons.  We’ve already discussed speed above.  The other reason is that every subscriber is served by their own fiber line that runs from a nearby network switch to your house or business.

This dedicated internet connection means you’ll always enjoy the same reliable speeds throughout the day.

No Need to Share.

No one likes it when “the internet is slow.”

And yet broadband network traffic slowdowns seem like an inescapable fact of online life. Network traffic studies have shown that these slowdowns tend to happen at the very local level. So after supper, when you hop online to watch movies, play games, and surf, everyone in the neighborhood has to use the same network.

It’s as though everyone in town drove past your house at the same time.

Internet service providers have tried to manage many of these slowdowns with sophisticated switches and software.  But with the rise of 4K and high definition video, streaming, and DVR, demand for faster networks has grown.

Fiber optic internet service is able to feed your massive appetite for data for two reasons.  We’ve already discussed speed above.  The other reason is that every subscriber is served by their own fiber line that runs from a nearby network switch to your house or business.

This dedicated internet connection means you’ll always enjoy the same reliable speeds throughout the day.

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