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•Fiber optics are long, thin strands of very pure glass about the diameter of a human hair. 

•They are arranged in bundles called fiber optic cables and use light instead of electricity to carry a signal. 

•The light signals represent data, which is capable of traveling at the speed of light.

There are many advantages to installing fiber-optics.

•Fiber does not conduct electricity. It is not affected by heat and cold. It has a longer lifespan than copper or coax. It has virtually unlimited bandwidth.

•The closer to the home that fiber is pulled, the more bandwidth opportunity there is for the end user. 

•Fiber has a higher bandwidth capacity and can easily transmit traditional applications such as phone, broadband internet, and digital tv with plenty of capacity left over for other advanced applications in the future.

•Data on a fiber optic cable can travel many miles in a split second.  This speed allows a more cost-effective method to transmit large amounts of data to everyone’s homes. 

•Several miles of fiber optic cable can be made cheaper than equivalent lengths of copper wire.

•Voice and data transmissions via fiber optics are more secure than when they are sent over conventional copper cable connections.

•Once installed, fiber is usually upgraded by changing the electronics that creates the light pulses, and not by replacing the cable itself.  That’s why fiber networks are said to be “futureproof.”

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  • Telecommuting keeps rural town populations strong.

  • Companies seek rural areas for data centers, distribution centers and other large facilities.

  • Small businesses need high upload speeds for services such as cloud computing and offsite backup.

  • Fiber connections increase home values.

  • In some states, printed public schoolbooks will not be funded after 2016 (per H.44/S.L.2013-12); high-speed connectivity is essential to complete student homework.

  • Rural schools need broadband for digital learning initiatives on par with schools in urbanized areas.

  • College distance learning overcomes barriers of income and geography.

  • Telemedicine removes distance barriers to cutting-edge medical technology for those that cannot travel safely, are in emergency situations, or cannot afford to visit urban clinics.

Source: Rural NC Deserves Modern Broadband

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