If you’re planning to move soon, make sure high-speed fiber internet is on your checklist when home shopping.
Access to fiber internet is the single most important feature to look for in a home today, and not only because of what it means for your family tomorrow. Fiber internet is key to having a modern lifestyle today.
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Superior speed and bandwidth
Fiber internet gives you high speed and wide bandwidth, the two things your internet must have to handle the amount of data families consume while streaming content, online gaming and learning and working from home. The gold standard for fiber internet is Gigabit speed with symmetrical upload and download.
Here’s what makes fiber different. With old-school internet, the signal travels through copper wires. That’s not ideal for carrying large amounts of data at high speeds. Since fiber optic internet sends information at the speed of light along thin strands of glass, large amounts of data can travel very quickly. This higher bandwidth is essential for working from home, gaming or binge-watching your favorite show.
Reliability you can count on
Another of fiber’s strengths is its strength—a single line can withstand more than 100 lbs. of pressure. Fiber optic lines are more insulated against outside interference like electromagnetic and radio signals, making the signal much more secure.
Also, fiber maintains signal strength over far greater distances than cable. Copper cables are limited to roughly 330 feet, or about the length of one football field. Fiber-optic cables, however, have the capacity to run nearly 25 miles without losing strength. That’s the length of 440 football fields. And since most fiber lines run underground, weather-related outages are a thing of the past.
Home security and smart homes
Consumers have purchased an estimated 30 billion smart-home devices, and each of them connects to a home network. That’s on top of the dozen or more other devices, such as smart phones, tablets and laptops you’ll find in the average home today. A fiber network is ideal for handling integrated smart homes, security systems, daily personal internet usage and much more.