The Fiber Optics Option

For the most part, fiber optics is your fastest option for Internet and TV. Of course, advances in technology is helping to close the gap between fiber optics and cable. In order to use fiber optics for your television and Internet, though, you must have a local provider that is servicing your area to give you access. This limits many people from being able to use fiber optics at this time.

Fiber optic speed ranges a lot depending on what the telecommunications provider is offering for Internet service. My friend over at Towson Movers has fiber internet and it is sooo fast. Your Internet speed can also be influenced by how far your computer is from the optical fibers. Most fiber optic Internet providers offer download speed tiers that are generally between 25 Mb per 2nd to 75 Mb per second. This is very comparable to cable services. Upload speeds on fiber optics way outdo both DSL and cable, though.

The quicker upload speeds are one of the reasons many businesses are opting into fiber optics. It gives them the option of quickly sending large files and having quality video conferences. In comparison, if you have an Internet package with cable that has a download rate of 25 Mb per second, odds are you have around 1 Mb per second upload rate. When it comes to DSL, it takes around a 6 Mb per second download rate to get you around 1 Mb per second upload. With a fiber optic package, 25 Mb per second download speed will give you a 5 Mb per second upload speed. Some of the providers of fiber-optic Internet even have upload speeds that are the same as their download speeds. As you can see, this gives fiber optic solutions a big advantage over cable and DSL.

Of course, every provider has their downfalls as well. With fiber-optic television and the Internet, the downfall is that it’s not as readily available as other options. The reason is because it doesn’t use telephone lines are cables that are already existing. Instead, providers have to install new fiber-optic cables in any area they want to offer the service. These specialized cables use tiny glass fibers and light to send and receive all data.