The phrase “fiber internet” gets thrown a lot these days. But what exactly is fiber internet?
The term is a shortened version of “fiber optic Internet” which is widely regarded as the best and fastest method of delivering high-speed Internet to both residential and business consumers.
These “fiber” cables are usually made of either glass or plastic and use light to transmit data. By contrast, DSL and cable are typically delivered on copper wires, which is considered less reliable than fiber.
Basically, all of that mumbo jumbo means one thing: When it comes to Internet, fiber is the king and the gold-standard. Period.
In the past few years, its popularity has grown tremendously. From tech junkies to everyday individuals, it seems as though everyone is trying to get their hands on this “gold standard” connection, and Internet service provider (ISP) companies have noticed.
As fiber becomes more accessible through these ISPs, more and more individuals are opting in for the service. However, as with most things in life, there are some people who are still skeptical of the craze and are resisting adopting something new.
Simon Sinek calls this group of individuals the Late Majority.
And for those of you that are Late to the Party, we’ve got some news for you: It’s time to join us in the land of fiber-optic Internet.
Simply put, if you’re still paying for DSL or cable, you’re paying for a sub-par product. Let’s look at it from this angle: If you had a friend who refused to get a mobile phone but continued to pay for a landline, would you try to convince them otherwise by telling him or her about all of the fantastic benefits a cellular device affords one in the modern age?
That’s kind of what declining fiber-Internet connection is like.
As mentioned above, fiber optic connection uses light to transmit data, as opposed to DSL’s copper cables. Obviously, data can travel much faster via light versus copper (though the latter is still a fantastic conductor).
Just how fast is this fiber Internet? Unsurprisingly, it is significantly speedier than its DSL competitor. Fiber networks can deliver speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (or Gbps for short), which is equivalent to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps). DSL, by comparison typically tops out at about 6 Mbps.
In layman’s terms: Fiber connection is super-duper fast.
It’s also just a much more reliable source of connection. Because DSL relies on factors such as proximity to power lines and ISPs, the speed and quality of connection is at the mercy of numerous factors outside of its control. Fiber, on the other hand, doesn’t rely on electricity, so things like inclement weather and power outages don’t threaten the connection quality.
Now to address the topic on everyone’s mind: Price. Truthfully, it isn’t a cheap service, but it’s no mystery that if you want quality, you’re going to have to pay for it.
DSL and cable are typically cheaper alternatives, but what you’ll save in cash you’ll pay for in value. Fiber offers consumers speed, reliability, and basically, more bang for your buck. Remember, fiber is the gold standard, the cream of the crop. And as the old adage goes, nothing that’s good in life comes easy. Or cheap.
Bottom Line: The world is moving towards the better option. Fiber has changed the way we connect and the urgency with which we expect, no-demand-smooth, seamless, and speedy Internet. And the longer you remain in the Late Majority, the longer you’ll be wasting your money on anything else.