Motley Fool  Mar 1  Comment 
Google Fiber doesn't have to deal with uncooperative municipalities, but we citizens do.
DailyFinance  Feb 27  Comment 
Filed under: Google, AT&T, Verizon, Internet, Investing Getty Images It's a sales come-on that's difficult to resist. Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), through its expanding fiber-optic network, will bring Internet at blazing speeds into your home or...
Telecom Ramblings  Feb 26  Comment 
The higher profile vote today will be about network neutrality. But the FCC's vote on a somewhat less widely known issue today may have a more immediate effect. Nobody is on the brink of commercializing a fast lane of any note, but municipal fiber...
TechCrunch  Feb 26  Comment 
 Yeah, we got Google Fiber before you did, so get over it…because we can’t have this conversation until you consider the idea that Kansas City might actually be for real. Are we ready for the big time? Nope, not yet, but our MVP is looking...
Telecom Ramblings  Feb 26  Comment 
Here's a quick look at some news from fiber and the cloud from the last day or two: As their big Altanta-Miami project finishes up, Allied Fiber has kicked off an unorthodox planning method for its next fiber build. Over on their blog, they are...
Commodity Online  Feb 25  Comment 
According to Derek Buckmaster, Director of Carbon Nexus, carbon fiber research center is working with Carbon Revolution, the first commercial maker of single piece carbon fiber automobile wheels.
Wall Street Journal  Feb 22  Comment 
Cancellations of orders for U.S.-grown cotton sent prices for the fiber lower Friday.
Telecom Ramblings  Feb 19  Comment 
On EarthLink's Q4 earnings call this morning, the company talked pretty frankly about its intentions to sell off network assets to focus more tightly on the managed services side. They are looking at selling off the dark fiber, but not the more...
Telecom Ramblings  Feb 17  Comment 
Four years after Google Fiber picked Kansas City for its first foray into the FTTH world, and two and a half years since they followed through with those threats, the incumbent is responding in force. AT&T yesterday launched its GigaPower offering...
Telecom Ramblings  Feb 17  Comment 
Liquid Telecom has landed some significant new funding for its expansion plans. The Pan-African fiber operator has raised another $150M from the global investment banking community. Liquid's network spans 18,000km in eastern and southern Africa...


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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