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Fiber, or fiber optic, is bundles to glass tubes to form a wire. It is faster and can carry more bandwidth because it uses light to carry the data signal.

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Pros and cons of fiber Internet

Fiber is faster than every other relay method. It has a lot of bandwidth, which means both upload and download speeds are faster than other wireline technologies.
Since DSL uses telephone infrastructure and cable Internet uses cable infrastructure, both are widely available. Fiber requires new infrastructure be installed, which means it is not as common.
If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with fiber Internet, it is certainly worth getting service. There may be extra expense if you must have fiber cables installed, but especially if your Internet use involves a lot of uploading, it is worth it.

FAQ's about fiber Internet

How fast is fiber optic?

Since fiber transmits data using light, some fiber is capable of downloading 1 GB (1,000 MB) of data per second. Fiber really shines when it comes to upload speeds, which can be five times as fast as cable or DSL, making it easier to send communications, such as uploading videos or streaming to others.

Do I need a special router for fiber optic?

Your router should be capable of handling fiber optic speeds, so a traditional router meant for DSL or cable is not enough. A router for a fiber connection should be capable of handling at least 1 GB of data.