The Fiber-to-the-Home Council says that by 2014 video usage of the Internet will grow so large that it would take 72 million years to watch everything that streams across it. Anyone who has shared an Internet connection with multiple devices that play games, watch video and transmit large files knows how that can slow down performance. HD video, telemedicine and real-time video are examples of growing demands for bandwidth, which means growing demands for better technology that safely and reliably delivers information at faster speeds. Verizon says 21.3 million homes in the U.S. were connected by a fiber-optic network, and that number will continue to increase.
Copper wire networks are vulnerable to electromagnetic interference. Similarly, wireless networks operate via radio transmission that can be intercepted, decoded and hacked. A fiber-optic service (FiOS) uses light transmitted through glass, which means it conducts no electricity and doesn't need to be grounded. The signal does not give off electromagnetic interference, nor does it use radio transmissions. This makes fiber-optic Internet service inherently more secure than other broadband or wireless connections.
With cable broadband connections, the bandwidth for downloads is much higher than that of uploads. This is not the case with fiber-optic networks. Because the transmission travels at the speed of light, the upload and download bandwidth is the same. This give you a symmetrical network connection with equal download and upload speeds. This is becoming essential for businesses as they share data through cloud-based servers.
Nothing travels faster than light, and fiber-optic connections are made with light transmitted along strands of glass. This makes fiber-optic Internet service the fastest connection. This makes it easy to share the connection between multiple computers without any degradation of service. Think about what happens on other broadband services when multiple users attempt to stream video or setup a video conference. Using fiber-optic, the connection is so fast that multiple video service is not a problem.
Many broadband services divide up a connection between multiple users and bundle their communications on a single line. This is not the case with a fiber-optic network. Instead, every user has a dedicated line connecting them to the internet.
Wireless connections have difficulty traveling through some materials. Additionally, wired connections can be degraded from electromagnetic interference if they are too close to motors and other devices that emit high-frequency noise. Because fiber-optic connections are made using light transmitted through glass, these interference problems don't exist. Fiber-optic service is not affected by high-frequency noise.