SeekingAlpha  Jul 18  Comment 
By James Byrd: Lightweighting Linked to New CAFE Standards In 2011, the U.S. announced that the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025 were going to be 54.5 miles per gallon -- forcing many car companies to look at reducing...  Jul 18  Comment 
SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) -- RVs have long had a doddering, unhip and mostly unglamorous image in American pop culture -- think Randy Quaid's home on wheels in the classic Christmas Vacation, a creaking, rusty bucket of bolts that was an eyesore...
Motley Fool  Jul 17  Comment 
Google Fiber, while groundbreaking and high-performing, is by no means the only fiber optic internet service available. However, there's reason to believe Google Fiber will dominate the fiber industry in the future.
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 17  Comment 
Zayo seems to have found some distressed fiber assets over in the northern UK to bring under its umbrella.  According to reports,  Geo Networks is acquiring what's left of the network of Digital Region, an FTTP project in South Yorkshire.  Of...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 16  Comment 
All that new fiber on the east coast of Florida is making a few waves this month. Coriant and Allied Fiber revealed a new terabit per second superchannel transmission trial over the new infrastructure yesterday. The trial demonstrated a 1Tbps...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 16  Comment 
Over in the UK, Sohonet is adding to its network footprint in London with some help from euNetworks.   euNetworks said today that it has expanded its relationship with the media network specialist, helping with the buildout of Sohonet's rapidly...
Telecom Ramblings  Jul 11  Comment 
GlobeNet is coming ashore down in Florida, adding dark fiber to its submarine cable and Brazilian terrestrial footprint. They have tapped Allied Fiber for the new infrastructure between Miami and Jacksonville, as well as colocation and...  Jul 10  Comment 
Bell Labs researchers just broke the broadband Internet speed record.
NPR  Jul 10  Comment 
Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It's used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it's been around for ages.
Yahoo  Jul 9  Comment 
General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales. The Minneapolis-based company is doing things like adding more cinnamon to its Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal ...


Fiber optics are lines of thin glass or plastic that can send digital information by transmitting light signals. Optical fibers have the diameter of a human hair and are bundled up into optical cables. The fiber optic network is the next step in telecommunication network technology. Optical fiber is superior to the traditionally used copper wiring in essentially every category. The dominance of sending information using digital vs. voice technology also plays right to the capability of fiber optics. Fiber optics are being used most notably in telecommunications, but there use spreads to the medical, cable, defense, and engineering industries.

The Difficulty with Fiber Optics

Network Installation: Making the actual optical fiber is cheaper than copper wiring, but installing fiber optics into a network is another story. In the 16 states that Verizon is introducing its FiOS system, the company reported that it plans on spending close to $23 billion from 2004 to 2010 in network installation. [1] It costs telecom companies about $1000 per subscriber to install the fiber to the home FTTH . [2] This is mainly why fiber optics has seen most of its use in network backbones and not as much popularity in the final distance to buildings and homes.

Fiber Flexibility: There was a concern with fiber optics because its glass or plastic composition made it difficult for it to be installed in buildings or areas that required sharp turns. However, this problem was solved somewhat as Corning (GLW) developed a bendable fiber in 2007.

  1. Fiber Optics: Bringing the Next Big Thing to New York
  2. The Pros and Cons of Fiber Optics
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