Get a Little Fiber in Your Diet A Wired Society

As Jules Verne may have quipped: "the future is now." Everywhere you look technological advancements keep getting integrated into our daily life.

From VoIP to MySpace to YouTube to a host of killer apps, an insatiable need for bandwidth is breaking down the barriers that instantly connect a homeowner in Manhattan's Chelsea to London's Chelsea in the blink of an eyelash.

Not Plastics; it's Fiber

Every generation has its own unique innovations. When Thomas Alva Edison built the world's first electric generating plant, and went on to invent hundreds of products that would use the resulting electricity, he wasn't envisioning air conditioning for private homes, dishwashers, refrigerators, personal computers, rechargeable batteries for your iPod or, even, the mobile phones and digital cameras of today.

In the 1969 movie The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock was given sage business advice by one of his father's associates, namely that "the next best thing"— the industry of the future was 'plastics.' He was half-right. The fiber optic cable that is carried inside the plastic casing is the real deal. In fact, one bundle of fiber cable not much thicker than a pencil can carry ALL of the world's current communications traffic, according to the Fiber to the Home Council (FTTH).

Fiber optic cable carries information by carrying pulses of light. These pulses are turned on and turned off very, very fast. The more bandwidth you have, the more information that can be carried in that signal pulse. These pulses of laser light carry the signal to its ultimate destination in the pipeline.

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