Fiber optics lines are strands of glass that are as thin as the human hair. They carry digital information over long distances at great speeds. Fiber optics are also used in medical imaging devices and mechanical engineering inspections.
Internet usage has evolved over the last decade or so. It now includes the use of fiber optics in the cabling that attaches our computers to the internet. And it’s a good thing that we can get faster internet service than ever before because more and more people are hopping onto the internet. They are hoping to perform all sorts of data mining, information mining, transferring of files, or just browsing around looking at what interests them at the time.
People are downloading and uploading more than they have ever been, and because of the new technologies that make our internet go faster, we have more options in how we connect.
When the internet first started becoming available in homes, the systems at the time didn’t allow for large file transfer. What we think of as large now, was humongous then, and what was considered large is just a little tiny bit now. When one tried to send a large file, the whole computer system would often get frozen up and shut down. But today, you can send or retrieve large files in the blink of an eye without worry.
We’ve gone, as a society, from communicating and living in the physical world to communicating and spending most of our time online. Fiber optics are one of the technologies that has allowed us to do many things we could not before.
Fiber-to-the-home broadband (or FTTH) is one type of communications connection that offers a multitude of readily available data that can be transferred more efficiently than the traditional copper coaxial cable.
This type of connection is already a reality for more than a million consumers in the U.S., with more than 6 million in Japan and 10 million worldwide. Broadband is affordable by both home dwellers and businesses.
FTTH is not available in every city or place in the U.S., but it is becoming more available over time. Years ago, companies spent about $84 billion to wire households, but it costs even less in today’s dollars to wire them with FTTH broadband.
Today, you can bundle services due to the technology. You can get telephone, video, audio, TV and just about any other type of digital data streaming with Fiber-to-the-home broadband.*
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