Fiber optic internet has been one of the best choices for fast landline speeds for the past few years. Most users see speeds that exceed normal DSL or cable speeds, and fiber optic internet is affordable.

Fiber Optic  However, there are some people who think that fiber optic is starting to become outdated, replaceable, or just not a good choice for individuals and businesses anymore.

Fast on the Draw

One of the biggest draws of fiber optic internet is that it does deliver speeds faster than conventional broadband internet. Faster speeds are becoming more important as technology progresses to the point where a lot of our online interactions are bandwidth-intensive. The faster your upload and download speeds are the better quality you can get out of streaming TV, video chatting, and anything else.

The only drawback fiber optic internet has in this regard is market penetration. Right now, only a relatively small number of people in the U.S. have access to fiber optic internet, which could grow if consumers wanted to pay for the installation of fiber optic cable from the main line to their home or business. Even adding in those people, at least 2/3rds of the population could not get fiber optic access where they currently live.

While fiber optic internet is one option for the future of internet connectivity, some people think that you may be more dependent on wireless internet access in the near future. Indeed, wireless internet covers a good majority of people in the U.S., and is available in just about every town save for some very sparsely populated areas out west.

One of the major drawbacks of wireless coverage though is the fact that at times, the system can be overwhelmed depending on how many people in an area are using the internet at once. If you get a lot of people trying to stream movies or TV shows at once, it can slow down the entire system. Price is also a big factor, especially as wireless telephone companies now mostly charge users according to how much data they use.

Opportunity for Optic Growth

In reality, it seems as though the negative aspects for fiber optic internet now, such as a lack of availability, and the ease of connectivity for wireless internet, is more of an opportunity for growth in the near future.

New fiber optic Ethernet lines are being laid daily allowing more people to access very high speeds, and the number of ISPs offering fiber optic internet are increasing as well. This will lead to faster nationwide implementation of a widespread fiber optic network, and should lower prices for everyone looking to use it.

The number of people on a fiber optic main line also generally doesn’t matter since the upload and download speeds will be relatively similar no matter how many people, up to capacity, who are on the line. Wireless internet providers still have to contend with this problem, as it is likely to get worse in the future, and either invest in additional infrastructure, or risk losing customers, either way, wireless internet options will probably increase in cost, while fiber optic options decrease in cost.

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September 17, 2014

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