The case for fiber internet: Why fiber should be your first choice.

Internet    15/03/2022    5 minute read

The thought of searching for a new internet service provider or switching internet connections is most likely giving you a headache already. HomeLinkd answers all your questions and more.

Fiber internet: 4 things you need to know

What is fiber made of?

Fiber’s technology is second to none. Internet reaches your home through fine, hair-like cables made of glass. These cables are bound together and enclosed by a protective plastic covering, and then placed underground.

Data and information then move through these cables to and from your device. Placing fibre cables in the ground can be a laborious process, which is why fiber expansion is slower than wireless technologies —and why fiber providers only bring it to areas if there is a demand for it.

How fast are fiber-optic cables?

Think Usain Bolt, King cheetahs, or Formula 1 racing cars... and then times it by a thousand. Data transmits through fiber-optic cables at the speed of 186,000 miles per second. Just two strands of fiber cable can transmit the equivalent of 24,000 phone calls. Impressive, right?

Fiber is one of the fastest growing internet connections around

By 2025, fiber across the globe is predicted to be the dominant fixed broadband platform. Although fiber is growing faster in Europe and in Asia —and slower in North America, it still accounts for 56% of global broadband subscribers, making it the majority choice. In the US, fiber internet penetration is at about 43%

Is fiber in your area?

There are a number of fiber providers across the US that cater to specific states, cities or suburbs. You’ll need to check with a fiber provider in your city to see if your area is covered. The most connected states in the US include Rhode Island, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Hawaii, Utah, Oregon, Washington and Delaware.

Do I have to buy my own equipment?

Nine times out of ten, your fiber provider will give you a router to use. This cost will be factored into your monthly instalment. If you choose to end your subscription or switch providers, you’ll most likely have to return the router.

The pros and cons of fiber internet

PROS

CONS

Higher speeds than other internet types

Fiber expansion can be slow

Its fixed nature makes it more reliable

Initiation and activation costs

Optic fibre is more secure than wireless

Modem or router required, costing money

Affordable bundles available

More expensive than Wi-Fi or 4G

Top fiber deals on HomeLinkd

AT&T

AT&T is the largest fiber provider in the US with an aggressive plan to grow to 30 million customer locations by 2025. AT&T offers uncapped fiber packages, and free equipment and installation.

Bandwidth speed range: 100 –1,000 Mbps Price range per month: from $50 -$90

Frontier FiOS

Frontier FiOS is found in 29 states and considered one of the US’s fastest growing fiber providers. In the fourth quarter of 2021, Frontier added 45,000 new fiber customers —and plans 10 million fiber-to-the-home locations by 2025.

Bandwidth speed range: 50 –1,000 MbpsPrice range per month: from $40 -$200

Spectrum

Spectrum is well known for their cable TV, home phones, TV and internet bundles — making Spectrum a good choice if you want diversity. Spectrum is also available in 41 states.Bandwidth speed range: 5Up to 940 MbpsPrice range per month: from $50 -$90

USA’s top fiber providers available on HomeLinkd

With fiber providers expanding at a lightning-fast, your area is most likely already covered or will be soon. Fiber is fast, reliable, secure and ideal for the home or office. What are you waiting for?

Get fiber-connected today!

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