What Is Fiber Optic Internet?
AT&T coined Fiber Optic internet with its cutting edge technology. Fiber Optic cables are flexible bundles of glass or plastic threads/fibers that are used to transmit data. These bundles are capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves.
This allows data to be sent faster over greater distances.
Fiber Optic internet sends data faster than basic cable.
It’s delivered on a dedicated line, which facilitates more consistent speed than cable. This is true even during peak usage times.
Often, fiber optic Internet is considered more reliable. It is immune to many of the conditions that cable Internet is susceptible to.
Fiber optic Internet is less likely to go down during a power outage.
Because fiber optic Internet is made of glass, there is no electricity involved. This protects it against interference from nearby power lines or high voltage electrical equipment. This also helps reduce the risk of fire. The private network installed to your home makes fiber optic Internet harder to hack. Fiber can withstand more temperature fluctuations than cable. It can also be submerged in water.
Not all fiber optic networks reach all cities and neighborhoods, although that footprint is expanding.You can always ask a My Utilities agent if AT&T has progressed to offer Fiber Optic options at your specific home.
Cable internet is more traditional uses cable TV infrastructure to transmit data. Although cable internet does not interfere with your television, you may have to share the connection with your neighbors. This sharing can often slow down your speed during busy hours like after work from 6-10pm.
Most phone service companies also offer cable internet. It’s accessible by almost anyone in any area. There are fewer fiber optic-based internet service providers on the market.
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