The internet has evolved a lot since it's wee beginnings. Most people have now lived through the growth and transformation of the internet and internet services. By now you expect more out of it: faster browsing, streaming, downloading, uploading, and multitasking. The phenomenal news is that you can go right ahead and continue expecting more; the future of internet service is only getting brighter and that's in some large part because of fiber optic technology.

The Consumer Benefits

Fiber optic cable data transmission can bundle all communications on one line of service. It handles mega-loads of data without a flinch. Gone are the days of a gazillion letters and bills from the separate television, telephone, audio, video and internet service providers. All data transmits faster and at higher capacities than ever before, eliminating the need for separate services for telecommunications. 

Costs for service fall with the use of fiber optics. The cable cuts several costs where conventional copper wire can't. It's less expensive to make the plastic and glass needed for the cables. They're thinner, lighter, more flexible and easily bundle with more fiber optic cables, increasing their data capacity by the billions.

Lower power transmitters save energy where high voltage is needed for conventional electrical cables. Not only that, but fiber optic cables are non-flammable, have less signal degradation and the data signals don't interfere with each other. All of these factors cut costs for service providers and thus lower costs for you.

The Technology

It's fast—way faster than you imagine. Download speeds reach gigabytes per second, as opposed to the current national average speed of 18.2 megabytes on broadband. A single pair of fiber optic cable can carry 2.5 million telephone calls at once while a single copper pair conductor is only capable of six at a time. 

It's just cool technology; data transmitting at the speed of light sent via lasers down a tiny glass tube sounds like science fiction come to life. It works by multiple colored lasers turning on and off billions of times per second, each blink of which transmits bits of digital data.

The data flashes along extremely thin wires made of incredibly pure glass and coated in plastic to keep the light reflecting down the glass. The signals can run up to 60 miles away down a fiber optic cable before needing another boost. 

Fiber optics are the future of the internet and data transmission. There is enormous potential in technological advancement in data transfer. Conduits for the massive amounts of data needed for the technology of three-dimensional video and video games make these amazing possibilities possible.

If light is used to transmit billions of bits of digital data per second, teleporting can't be too far off, can it? Fiber optic internet service isn't available everywhere yet but your city could already have the lines laid and a residential or commercial fiber optic service such as Solarus available.