What is Dark Fiber and How can it Be Used?

Have you heard of “dark fiber?” This term refers to unused network infrastructure– optical fiber that’s not in use, with no light going through it. Since data is transported over fiber networks using light passed through cables, if and when no data is being transported, the fiber goes dark. Where is Dark Fiber? Where might… Read more »

Mechanical Splices vs Fusion Splices of Optical Fiber

When a fiber optic company is installing, replacing, or repairing fiber optic cables, there is likely going to come a time when fiber optic splicing will need to be done. More often than not, it happens when a piece of fiber optic cable is not long enough to reach its desired destination. Fiber optic splicing… Read more »

Fiber Optics and the Department of Transportation

Have you noticed that more and more things are becoming computerized? Even the roads we drive on will be highly influenced by computer technology in the days to come… For now, people drive their own cars and trucks on roads, highways, and elsewhere. We live in a mobile society, and with so many people in… Read more »

Could Fiber Optics Help Scientists Better Understand Earthquakes?

Fiber optic cables have become incredibly useful to both telecommunication companies and average Americans over the course of the last two decades. They are used to transmit a large amount of information every day, and people are able to stay connected through the use of the internet by utilizing fiber optic cables on a regular… Read more »

How Fiber Optics Helps the Medical Industry

Fiber optics are utilized in the medical field for many purposes, including flexible light guides and image bundles as well as for illumination and laser delivery systems. Because fiber optics work well as a conduit for light or data, being compact and flexible, they are incorporated into medical equipment, instruments, and surgical procedures. Did you… Read more »

What Does the Net Neutrality Debate Entail?

An Overview of Net Neutrality What is net neutrality? Basically, it means there’s an open internet where all internet service providers treat content equally, not giving preferential treatment to certain digital content providers. Think of it this way: if the internet were an airline, for the longest time everyone sat together in coach, but if/when… Read more »

The Continued Growth of Fiber Optics

Does your home currently rely on a fiber optic network? If it doesn’t at the moment, there’s a good chance that it will at some point in the near future. More and more telecommunications companies are turning to fiber optic cables to set up internet connections for their customers, so it’s probably only a matter… Read more »

The Advantages Gained By Applications Using Fiber Optics

For a long time, the world ran on copper wires. Remember landline telephones? They were essentially strung together with copper wire. Along came fiber optics and everything changed. Copper phone wire had limited bandwidth. Fiber optics offered 1,000 times as much bandwidth over distances 100 times further. Fiber optics were able to pack a lot… Read more »

Fiber Optics Makes it Way to the Arctic

Connected Fiber’s home base is North Carolina, where summers are hot, the grass is green most of the year, and people are generally quite content. Contrast that with parts of Alaska, where the land can be quite cold and barren. People have to be tough and resilient to call certain parts of Alaska home. While… Read more »

How Fiber Optics Could Change the Pipeline Industry

As you probably know, fiber optic cables are being used for all sorts of different things these days. The cables are primarily used to transmit data used for internet systems and cable television networks, but more and more companies are finding new ways to use them. Most recently, Enbridge Inc. and TransCanada Corp., which are… Read more »