How you choose to spend your time depends largely on what you can control.
When it comes to the Internet, you can choose to be efficient with a connection that fits your lifestyle. With an average broadband connection, downloading a 2-hour movie can take anywhere from 11 minutes to 2 hours. With a fiber optic Internet connection, it takes as little as eight seconds.
How would you spend that extra hour and 52 minutes?
Fiber optic Internet is the fastest connection available to U.S. households and businesses, which means you'll have information at your fingertips within seconds and more time to spend doing other things that matter to you.
Check out how fiber optic Internet works and how it compares to other connections.
How does fiber optic Internet work?
A fiber optic cable is as tiny as a human hair, yet it transmits data at an incredible speed with high accuracy. Instead of electricity, a fiber optic cable uses light and is more reliable when it comes to transmitting data over long distances. Data is sent as light down a cable, and the device at the end of the cable makes sense of the data or amplifies it to send further. A fiber optic cable consists of three basic parts:
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• Cladding: the outer material surrounding the core, which reflects the light back into the core
• Buffer coating: the plastic, outer covering that protects the cable from damage
How does it compare?
Speed is the most noticeable difference between a fiber optic cable and a traditional cable for an Internet connection. Though a cable connection is typically widely available, it is sometimes shared with others nearby and has limited bandwidth. With fiber optic Internet, the speed at which information travels can be as high as 100 Mbps or even 1 Gbps. That compares pretty favorably to last year's U.S. average broadband download speed of 18.2 Mbps.
A notable downside of fiber optic Internet is its implementation cost and limited availability compared to a cable connection. But in the long run, we could end up saving time and money thanks to the efficiency of fiber optic Internet. When it comes to accuracy, fiber optic Internet ranks at the top. Furthermore, there is less data degradation to worry about.
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