Microsoft and Facebook to Lay Transatlantic Fiber Optic Line

The world’s biggest tech companies move a staggering amount of data across the Internet every day. Take Facebook, for example – a company whose 1.65 billion registered users are constantly chatting, uploading photos, and now even streaming live videos to people all across the globe. It takes some serious infrastructure to support that data, and… Read more »

Chattanooga Brings Discount Broadband to Low Income Students

The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee is home to one of the earliest and most notable examples of fiber optic Internet success stories. In 2010, Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB), a publicly owned utility company, began installing fiber optic infrastructure throughout the city and offering 1 gigabit per second Internet to its citizens. Since its introduction,… Read more »

Comcast Aims to Compete With Fiber Providers, Without Fiber

Veteran cable internet providers like Time Warner and Comcast are working hard to keep up with the gigabit-per-second transfer speeds afforded by fiber optic internet services as Google Fiber and Verizon Fios. While Time Warner has been rolling out its upgraded “Maxx” service to customers in some parts of the country for the past several… Read more »

Boston’s Fiber Optic Network Will Soon Get a Serious upgrade

This month, Verizon and the city of Boston announced that they would work together in a $300 million partnership to replace Boston’s network of copper cable with a fiber optic network, bringing more and faster internet to the 650,000 residents of Boston and the surrounding area. The public-private partnership is a bit of an experiment,… Read more »

Can Fiber-Optic Internet Save Your Struggling City?

In an effort to stimulate their local economies, several cities throughout the United States have made attracting new entrepreneurs and businesses a top priority on their agendas. In many cases, struggling cities will use tax breaks or other business-friendly practices to lure potentially lucrative startups to their respective area. Some especially proactive cities have taken… Read more »

British Researchers Make Fiber Optics Even Faster

The UK isn’t known for having especially fast broadband speeds. Last month, a group of business leaders in Britain published a study in which they accused the UK government of having a “poverty of ambition” that has caused the country to lag behind other developed nations in the adoption of high speed fiber optic internet…. Read more »

Researchers use Biodegradable Fiber Optics to Heal Wounds

Did you know that light can be used to close wounds just like stitches, staples and surgical glues? The technique is called Photochemical Tissue Bonding (PTB), and thanks to a new type of fiber optic technology it could be about to get far more effective. Until recently, PTB has only been used to treat superficial… Read more »

The Internet of Things Will Spur Further Fiber Deployment

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Internet of Things (IoT) was on everyone’s mind. The subject of how to prepare the country’s network infrastructure for the massive influx of data that will accompany the advent of the Internet of Things was a particularly hot topic of discussion. Imagine a world where… Read more »