FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY
WHY FIBER OPTIC?
More than ever, the need for broadband is coming into the media spotlight and is on the shortlist of next initiatives for smart cities around the United States. Broadband is imperative in today's age to drive innovation and growth in educational and economic contexts. Most people understand the necessity of broadband, but the major question is how to get it to constituents in both urban and rural areas. That's where fiber optic comes into play.
Fiber optic networks have been used for several decades to transport information over large distances. However, as of recent, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks have become a reality making it an effective substitute for copper lines. To make the connection to the "last mile" or people's homes is a relatively new concept with fiber but has been occurring over the years with DSL and cable. However, the level of quality can heavily vary.
The inconsistency of DSL and cable has prompted the conversation of looking to FTTH networks to fill in the gaps to bring reliable and high-capacity broadband to local businesses, schools, hospitals, and houses across the US.
Occupies necessary bandwidth to maintain speeds with heavy Internet usage with multiple devices
Requires less energy to operate and built to last for decades
Offers top speeds at similar or better price points than other options
More difficult to tap for information or to be intercepted by sensitive antennas
DARK VS LIT FIBER?
Dark fiber represents unused fiber optic cable. Entities are choosing to lay fiber lines before they are needed for use down the road. Lit fiber is the exact opposite - it is fiber optic cable currently being utilized by carriers.