Fiber optics have been the backbone of the Internet for generations now, since before it was even known as the Internet in fact. Now, it is clear that fiber optic Internet technology that can connect the Internet to business and homes is clearly the wave of the future. Of course, talking about generations in terms of the Internet might seem silly, but there have literally been dozens of generations of networking technologies and servers since the Internet became something that the average person had heard of. The very reasons that make fiber optic such a good choice to be the very backbone of the Internet are the very same reasons that make it such a great choice for delivering data to and from your home and/or work.
In fact, the same advantages that made fiber optics the wise and logical choice to from the very backbone of the Internet are also the same factors that make it the local successor to last mile wire-based delivery systems such as DSL or cable modems. Consider the following points:
Fiber Optic Internet Connections Consume Less Electricity
Everyone seems to be worried about the environment these days, but there is obviously no clear consensus on what our impact as a society is on the globe. With that being said, the facts about electric consumption are in as far as fiber optic Internet connections versus virtually anything that uses a wire: fiber optics cost less to operate overall, and the victory is a landslide if you measure the electrical cost per unit of data transmitted and/or received. The value goes up even further if electrical wiring carriers the data far enough that signal strengthener and/or repeater stations are required to keep the flow of data moving along smoothly.
No matter your stance on the environmental impact of electrical consumption and carbon footprint, nobody will debate one simple fact: more electricity equals more money. Simply put, utility companies are in business to make money. They are not around to give away free ergs of electricity when they can sell it, so even if the environmental cost is removed due to the contentious nature of the subject, there is no debating the financial side of the problem.
Fiber Optic Internet Connections Are Faster
The future of all broadband is likely to be the same as it has been since the broadband craze really began: speed. The more data that can be sent and/or received during any window of time creates a snappier connection, and we are at the point now where we can already instantly stream very high quality HD content with little to no preloading. So, what comes next? Even higher resolution content that stresses our data connection out even more, of course!
Well, that and a bevy of other services that will open up entirely new business ideas and concepts that could radically change how we live our lives and/or how we work. Some of the best examples of this include online backup systems that backup incredible amounts of data intelligently over an Internet connection, but the initial backup takes a great deal of time due to that current transmission speeds. The problem is that data growth in local storage devices continues to ramp up, unabated by any limitations on the horizon. Broadband technology that relies heavily on metal wires that started to show signs of reaching the end of its life, meaning that as the disparity between storage demands and the ability to transmit those bits and bytes over a metal wire grow, fiber optic is an inevitable solution unless something else crops up.
Fiber Is Low Maintenance
Electricity slowly degrades a wire over time, and will eventually result in wires that need to be replaced. Fiber optics last far longer than metal wiring does and the fact that repeater stations are not necessary just continues to add to that value. In fact, there are many portions of the Internet backbone that have not had to have their data transmission conduits checked or replaced in over a decade simply due to the longevity of fiber optics and the innate efficiency of light-based data transmissions. Sure, the new generation of fiber optics might be faster than those installed over a decade ago, but some of those older conduits can be used in conjunction with newer technology without the need to be replaced!