Fiber internet is delivered by fiber-optic lines made up of tiny strands of glass or plastic cables. These lines transmit data using pulses of light that travel at nearly light-speed.
Fiber broadband offers the fastest speeds available — up to 1 Gigabit per second. The internet signal doesn’t degrade over distance. And fiber doesn’t rely on electricity, so power outages and proximity to powerful electric equipment won’t jeopardize your connection as long as you have a battery back-up or other power source.
If you receive your internet via a fixed wireless system (like T-Mobile), connection is dependent on radio waves transmitted by a cell tower. This means you must have line of sight connection with the access point (cell tower). And because the signal is sent through the air, connection can be affected by weather.
Cable is another common way to receive internet service. In many areas, Xfinity and Spectrum deliver internet service via cable. Cable internet is transmitted to your home via copper coaxial cable, just like TV. Cable internet can be limited by surrounding usage so during peak times, your ability to stream movies or download content can be affected by your neighbors. Cable internet in many areas is serviced by a single provider — often a non-local company. And many cable providers have been known to throttle service to limit bandwidth overextension, significantly slowing down your service.
Still other companies, like Frontier, offer internet service through DSL (Digital Subscriber Line). This connection is made through a wired phone wall jack on an existing telephone network and is the slowest internet option. Speeds can be dependent on your proximity to the main DSL hub. Some DSL providers implement data caps.
Maybe you receive internet service through a satellite provider like Hughes.net. Satellite broadband involves satellite dishes in three locations: at the internet service provider’s hub, on a satellite in space, and a final dish on your home. Internet signal is transmitted from the provider’s hub to the satellite and then to your home — and every request you make for a new web page or to send an email reverses that route. Satellite signal has limited reach, especially in heavily wooded areas, and it generally has long lag times. It can also be affected by weather, and many carriers have data limits.
The choice is clear. Internet powered by a fiber-optic network will give you the fastest, most reliable experience of any broadband technology. Still not convinced? Here are few more reasons why fiber is the superior choice:
- Provides the highest resolution for streaming and gaming
- Buffering will be a thing of the past
- Enough bandwidth to power all your devices simultaneously
- Fast, consistent speeds — regardless of the time of day
- Symmetrical speeds — same great speed whether you’re downloading movies or uploading files