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There is a new wave of light that is coming and it is called fiber. What is fiber anyway? Fiber is the short name given to Fiber Optic or to better fit our topic Fiber Optic Cable Internet. There are several advantages of using fiber and more telecom companies are using it every day. In fact, 25% of the US telecom companies have switched to fiber. It is hard to believe that fiber optic cable has been around since the 70's, largely used by telephone companies. 

The difference between the traditional copper coax and fiber optic cable is the speed or megabits per second or mbps. Copper cable, with a little technology, has increased speeds up to approximately 12 mbps, while on the other hand, fiber optic cable is 100 times faster with 1,000 mbps which equals 1 gigabit per second. Now that's fast and the audio/video quality through fiber is nothing less than high definition. (HD). The way that the fiber cable works is this, light travels through the cable which consists of strands of glass about as thick as a strand of hair. The pulse, otherwise know as signal, is transmitted with that light is a binary system of 0's and 1's that act much like Morse Code. 1 is a pulse and 0 is no pulse. Get it? Morse code uses a series of dots and dashes.  Currently, only 20% of Texas homes have access to fiber, but that number is growing as fiber optic cable gains more popularity. The slow growth of fiber is attributed to its cost, which is a little more pricier than copper cable. However, that cost is worth it to some because of the speed, and quality that fiber optic cable brings into the home. 

Are you interested in the fiber optic revolution? Do you need optimal internet speed for your home or business? Then visit our website at. www.smarterhomesaustin.com to read more about our pre-wire and fiber optic options. 

Don't forget to call Peter Sanford, the owner of Smarter Homes, if you have more questions, or if you would like to have fiber installed in your home or business. 512-785-0032.