OTELCO wanted to answer the question “why fiber?” because we want everyone to know what makes fiber-optic Internet stand out among the leading broadband solutions of today. While there are hundreds of answers, we narrowed it down to five great explanations as to why you should choose fiber-optic Internet.
Fiber download and upload speeds are symmetrical. For those who might not know the difference between upload and download, here is a quick lesson. Whenever you buy broadband from an Internet service provider (ISP), two numbers are used to measure your bandwidth. For example, OTELCO’s introductory Lightwave package is 100/100 Mbps. The first number is your download speed, which you use for most Internet activities, such as streaming TV or surfing the web. The second number is your upload speed, which you use to upload information to the Internet, like posting videos or sending documents to the cloud.
Symmetrical speeds are one of the many reasons why fiber Interset is so popular. Most broadband services offer very low upload speeds because, up until recently, the Internet was used primarily for downloading. Now, with the rise of telecommuting, telehealth, online gaming, and Youtubers, more and more consumers need upload speeds that match their download.
A Greener Solution
Fiber is a greener Internet solution, because it has a minimal ecological impact, reduces waste, consumes very little energy, and helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Most importantly, fiber infrastructure is very sustainable. It can more easily withstand the elements, such as snow, rain, and wind, meaning repairs are needed less often. Fiber is also believed to be a “future-proof” solution by industry experts, so providers will have to expel fewer resources when replacing fiber.
Lower Latency and Attenuation
Latency is the delay in data transfer. It is those few moments between when we tell the Internet to do something and when it does it. One reason that fiber is the best choice for businesses is that it has lower latency than other broadband options, due to its faster speeds and clearer transmissions. Latency is also significant to serious gamers, who are playing games live and need quick reaction times.
Attenuation is the weakening or loss of a signal. After 320 ft. of cable, fiber loses only 3% of its signal, whereas other leading Internet solutions lose 94% at the same distance. Lower attenuation is how fiber Internet is still able to provide reliable service in the most rural of areas.
Unlimited Data Without Throttling
Many broadband solutions involve shared bandwidth, where several locations are all sharing one lump speed. To manage the amount of bandwidth going out, ISPs will use throttling and or data caps. Throttling is when a provider slows down the speeds going to one location, sometimes during busy hours or after a customer has consumed a certain amount of data. Data caps are a slightly more upfront version of throttling, where the provider sets the amount of data a consumer can use and caps their Internet there. With fiber-optic Internet, customers can use the Internet to their heart’s delight, at the same speed, all the time.
The number one reason why fiber stands out among leading broadband solutions is its bandwidth capabilities. Fiber optic Internet has the potential to reach gigabit speeds, meaning 1000/1000 Mbps. It does this by harnessing the speed of light through glass tubes that are as thin as a piece of human hair. With fiber you have the speed you need to run all your Internet-connected devices without buffering.