What is Fiber Optic Internet?
Fiber internet is the fastest international available with speeds up to 1GB. Just how fast is 1GB? You can download an entire movie in just 8 seconds or download an entire album in one second. Traditional internet access that you probably are using to read this article is from DSL, or cable network infrastructures. Those infrastructures utilize traditional copper wire to transmit your internet data. Whereas, Fiber optic cables use small glass fibers to transmit data using pulses of light. The light travels much like electricity would through a copper wire, but the advantage is that fiber cables can carry multiple signals at once. Fiber optic strands are incredibly small, so fiber is often bundled into larger cables called “fiber optic trunk cables,” each containing multiple fiber lines. Fiber cables carry huge amounts of data, and the speed that you’ll see at your house is around 1 Gbps, as a result, that is why you’ve heard of it often called “gig internet”.
Why Fiber Internet is better?
This technology allows for internet download and upload speeds far beyond what you get from traditional DSL, cable, or satellite networks because each fiber-optic line can carry multiple signals at top speeds simultaneously. Think of fiber internet as your own personal expressway, free of any tollways, stop signs, traffic lights and other vehicles on the road. As a result, Fiber offers blazing-fast to ridiculously fast internet speeds. Fiber internet avoids congestion, latency, and signal degradation issues that frequently occur with non-fiber networks. It does not matter the time of day; your Fiber internet speed will always stay the same.
- Incredible bandwidth allowing much more data to flow through the line than any other technology
- All the speed you and your family need, without sharing your connection with neighbors
- Consistently fast, 24/7, with no slowdowns
How fast is Fiber Internet?
Fiber is not quite as fast as Spaceball’s “Ludicrous Speed” but it’s pretty close since the speed in which Fiber internet operates is based on using pulses of light. As of 2020, most home and business Fiber Internet speeds are around 1GB, or 1,000 Mbps. For comparison, the fastest DSL or cable internet top speeds are around 250 Mpbs. In addition, Fiber is “constant”, remember our discussion of your personal internet expressway? With no traffic on your fiber line, your internet speeds are always on cruise control at 1GB with no need to stop, refuel or otherwise slow down your personal internet consumption.
How much does Fiber optic internet cost?
Fiber optic internet has been mostly unavailable to most residential areas due to the infrastructure costs to build fiber-optic expressways in your neighborhood. It’s not cheap giving everyone their own personal freeway. However, thanks to advances in fiber optic cables, and the increased demand for faster and faster internet, “Gig Internet” is more affordable today than ever before. Gig Internet is as affordable as $89.95 / month for speeds of 1GB, depending on the providers available in your area.
Where is Fiber Internet available?
There are hundreds of fiber internet providers in the US as of April 2020, but fiber internet is still found mainly in cities. To find if Fiber is available in your area, you can utilize the FCC Broadband Map. The map is from 2018, so it may be a little outdated, but a good general resource.
As of 2020, fiber is available cities in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Connecticut, Minnesota and New York.
The following internet providers offer fiber services in spots around the country. But if you want to see all the fiber options in your neck of the woods, check your ZIP code for a list of every provider in your area. The Connected Home can help you find a free quote for Fiber Internet in your area.
How do I get Fiber optic internet?
We make it simple. Call or fill out the “Request a Quote” form below. We research offers and services for your specific address. We come up with a list of options customized for you. If you like any of the offers presented, you can sign up on the spot with us for free. We’ll save you time finding the best internet solution where you live.
Whether you are moving to a new location or just want to get comparative pricing on your various home internet options, The Connected Home is your one-stop-shop for internet, phone and television services. Bundle all your services to get the best price.