Is It Time To Upgrade to a Fiber Circuit?
It’s likely that you’ve heard of fiber optic internet, but you’re not sure if an upgrade is right for you. In short, it depends on your needs. For basic browsing and home usage, broadband internet can meet all of your needs. For people in this category of internet users, a short interruption in service is inconvenient but not catastrophic. On the other hand, if you’re using the internet for business, or if you require constant connectivity, it may be time for you to upgrade to a fiber circuit.
How Does Fiber Optic Internet Work?
Fiber optic internet uses several small cables that are about the size of a strand of human hair. Unlike broadband cables, which are made of copper, fiber optic cables are made of glass or plastic, which enable them to carry binary transmissions of light. The materials used to build a fiber circuit are more durable than the copper cables used in broadband internet, which makes them more resistant to interference from radio or electromagnetic signals.
The Benefits of Fiber Optic Internet
- More reliability: If you’re looking for internet that will never cause problems, a fiber circuit is your best bet. In fact, downtime for fiber internet is typically one hour or less per year, and the provider will typically extend service credits if any outage lasts longer than one hour.
- More security: When you opt for fiber vs. cable internet, your internet security becomes nearly ironclad. Because of the way this type of connection is constructed, the line goes straight to the user instead of through a shared cable.
- More speed: If you’re working with software or in any other industry that demands quick internet speeds, fiber is right for you. Synchronous speeds enable you to download and upload data much faster than any broadband cable connection.
The Downsides of Fiber Optic Internet
- Higher cost: Unfortunately, the greater reliability, speed, and security come with a cost. Depending on where you live or work, fiber internet could cost about four times as much as broadband internet, and it might even cost as high as 10 times the cost of basic broadband.
- Slow installation process: Although the installation times vary, it typically takes about three to six months to install fiber optic internet. However, this process can be faster in some geographic areas. The main reason for the lengthy installation is it requires installing a whole new infrastructure. Broadband internet, on the other hand, can be installed with TV and phone cables that already existed.
- Commitment: Most fiber internet providers require consumers to sign a contract, typically for about three years.
- Location limitations: Unfortunately, fiber circuits cannot be installed in remote or rural areas, and even in some more populous areas. Although it’s growing at a steady rate, fiber optic internet is still available to only a portion of U.S. residents. If you’re not sure, Portland Broadband can help you determine whether your geographic area is covered.
Questions To Ask
If you’ve considered all of the benefits and downsides of fiber internet and still can’t decide, you might want to ask yourself some of the following questions:
- Will faster internet significantly increase my personal productivity or my company’s bottom line?
- Do I plan to stay in the same location for at least three years?
- Does a temporary internet outage cause serious problems for my personal or professional life?
- Do I have the money to pay for faster internet?
- Am I regularly handling secure data that cannot be compromised?
- Where do I live? Is it possible to install fiber there?
- Do I expect my business to grow over the next few years?
- Do several people in my home or office use the internet at the same time?
- Do I really need more internet speed, or does my current internet setup meet my needs?
- Do I like to be one of the first people to adopt a new technology, or do I like to let other people try it first?
Our White Glove Service
Because it can be overwhelming to sort through all of the bids from fiber circuit providers, Portland Broadband does all of this work for you. Our white glove service enables consumers to rest assured that they are getting the best deal.
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At Portland Broadband, we’re committed to making sure that our home and business internet users are getting the best-quality internet possible. Contact us today to see how we can improve your internet experience.