Common Uses for Fiber Optic Cables

Fiber optic cables have been around for years now, but over the last decade or two, companies have come up with all sorts of ways to put them to good use. Fiber optic cables contain a few thousand optical fibers inside of them, and they are used to transmit data by utilizing light. They have… Read more »

The Process of Fiber Optic Splicing

If and when fiber optic cables get accidentally severed, they can be joined together again using one of two methods. There’s “termination” and there’s “splicing.” Fiber optic splicing is the preferred method for joining two different types of cable together or when cable runs are considered too long for just a single length of fiber…. Read more »

Fiber Optics and Electromagnetic Interference

Electromagnetic interference is when the operation of one electronic device is disrupted when it’s in the presence of an electromagnetic field in the radio frequency (RF) spectrum caused by another electronic device. Problems Caused by Electromagnetic Interference For example, the internal circuits of personal computers generate electromagnetic fields in the RF range. If there are… Read more »

When Was Fiber Optic Cable Invented?

There are many people who believe fiber optics are the future of communication in this country. And for good reason. Fiber optic cables are currently being used to send voice messages, images, videos, and more at the speed of light. The fiber rods are made of glass or plastic and have the capability of sending… Read more »

Why Fiber Optics Are the Future

For more than 100 years now, the United States has relied on metal wires to send information by transmitting electricity. However, as the country has evolved, it has become clear that metal wires are simply not going to be able to keep up with all of the signals being sent through them on a regular… Read more »

The Importance of Jobsite Safety

Fiber optics are used to keep many of the technological tools that we use in our homes and  businesses up and running at all times. From internet service and cable TV to surveillance systems and cell phone service, it’s just about impossible to use any form of technology these days without the use of fiber… Read more »

A Fascinating Use of Fiber Optics

Fiber optics are used in a variety of ways to improve people’s lives. One such way is the recent development of a handheld fiber optic probe that’s used to diagnose cancer. Utilizing an ultrafast laser, this probe can perform multiple nonlinear imaging techniques without the need for tissue staining. In other words, it’s a cleaner,… Read more »

Verizon Commits $1.05 Billion to Expand Its Fiber Network

Verizon’s aging network infrastructure is finally catching up to it, and now the Telecom giant is investing more than $1 billion a year in an effort to stay ahead of the curve. This week, Verizon announced that it will sign a 3-year deal with the New York-based scientific manufacturing company Corning. Under the terms of… Read more »

City in Washington Uses Water Pipes to Deploy Fiber Network

In our last blog entry, we discussed a piece of proposed legislation that would encourage states to deploy fiber optic cables in conjunction with highway construction products. Now we’ve caught wind of another creative new avenue for fiber optic deployment—municipal water pipes. In the remote coastal city of Anacortes, Washington, the city council recently approved… Read more »

“Dig Once” Policy Could Spur Widespread Fiber Deployment

Earlier this week, an important issue regarding Internet speeds and infrastructure resurfaced in Congress with the introduction of the Broadband Conduit Act of 2017. Better-known as the “Dig Once” bill, the act aims to encourage right-of-way access for broadband expansions on just about any federal highway, road or sidewalk. The proposal would make widespread fiber… Read more »