7 Fun Facts About Fiber Internet 

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Until recently, most data, whether it was voice or file data, were transferred through copper wires. Copper is going the way of the dodo bird thanks to advancement in technology and fiber optics, data is transmitted more quickly and can reach the most rural of areas. Fiber has helped modernize the business world and has helped business run more efficiently. Fiber brings 1Gbps, allowing business to upload data and send files within the blink of an eye. But we know how fast it is, so here are some other awesome facts about fiber Internet

Fiber Lines Are Made of Glass 

Instead of copper, fiber-optic cables are made from thin strands of glass and are about as wide as a human hair – just one hair. Take a strand of hair from your head, that’s how thin one strand of a fiber-optic strand is. Not only are they thin, but their tensile strength is stronger than copper. It has more than five times the pulling tension of its traditional copper wire counterpart. 

Fiber Lines Use No Electricity 

What?? Yup, fiber-optic lines use no electricity; they use light. This supplies many benefits, one of them being that they are non-conductive. Since they are non-conductive, they don’t generate heat, so the wires won’t catch fire like traditional copper wire might. They also won’t energize or be energized when near electrical conductors. 

Fiber Lines Are Sustainable 

Fiber lines are green. The cables are made from glass or silica, considered some of the most abundant elements on earth. This element is found in the earth’s crust and isn’t manufactured in a factory, so it’s not subject to shortages like some materials. I don’t think we’ll need to worry about learning about glass or silica shortages on the nightly news any time soon. 

Fiber Withstands Weather 

Fiber-optic strands are small but mighty. They are extremely durable. Fiber has no metal elements and since they carry light as opposed to electricity, weather is unlikely to affect the cables. Changing temperatures don’t have an impact on them either. Weather and temperature have an adverse effect on copper wires, causing quicker deterioration and breakage. 

Fiber Is Safer 

Fiber-optic cables are one of the safer ways to send data. It goes back to the fact they use light as opposed to electricity. Since fiber-optic lines use light, they emit no electromagnetic energy. This makes it harder for cyber criminals to do nefarious acts on your network. Any attempt to tap into the connection will result in the light signal being interrupted. It’s easier to detect and fix. 

Fiber Uses Less Energy 

We’ve all seen the news reports that energy bills are about to skyrocket. Fiber-optic cables are energy efficient, and the amount of energy needed is considerably less than its copper wire counterpart. It takes fewer watts for fiber to transfer light than copper. 

Fiber Is Layered 

Like an onion, fiber-optic cables have several layers that allow them to function. In the middle, you have the glass strands that carry the light from each endpoint. Around the strands is the coating that protects fiber strands from interference. Lastly, the jacket which makes sure the light stays in the fiber strands, but also adds that final layer of protection. 

Pathwayz and Fiber Internet 

We can’t wait to help you transition from traditional Internet to a fiber connection. With Pathwayz, you won’t be subject to data caps or throttling, while enjoying faster speeds and better security. Future-proof your business with fiber and keep up with your business and customer needs. Contact us to check availability and enjoy now the benefits of fiber internet. 

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