why fiber access is important when home buying

There are many factors to take into consideration when purchasing a home, whether if you are a first-time homebuyer or you are looking to downsize after becoming an empty nester. Your must-haves may include a large island in the kitchen, a beautiful walk-in closet, or a spacious fenced-in backyard (we’ve been watching HGTV!). But one thing that is more important than ever to consider is internet – more specifically, the home’s access to fiber internet.

So, why should fiber internet be on your must-haves list when house hunting? Here are 5 reasons:

  1. It increases the home’s value.

Having a fiber internet connection can increase home value up to $5,400 – that’s as much as a fireplace or a half bath. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Carnegie Mellon University found that there is a 7.1% difference between the value of single-family homes where the available connection is less than 25 Mbps and homes with gigabit (1000 Mbps) connections available. That’s a large difference!

  1. The number of devices per household is growing.

The typical American household has 5 devices connected to the internet at one time. A hyper-connected home can have 10+ devices connected to the internet at one time! This number continues to grow as we obtain more “smart”, wi-fi enabled items such as appliances, thermostats, lighting, security cameras, and more. All those devices add up to a lot of bandwidth needed. Socket Fiber can satisfy that need.

  1. Sharing bandwidth with everyone on the block isn’t fun.

Neighborhoods who only have DSL or cable experience a lull in speeds as more and more people are home and are trying to connect during peak times. This is because with DSL and cable, you share bandwidth with your neighbors. This isn’t the case for fiber. Fiber-optic internet can transport massive amounts of data at lightning-fast speeds, with a line that runs directly to the home. This means no interruptions when streaming your favorite Netflix show or buffering on your social media feed!

  1. A demand in higher upload speeds.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a high need of faster upload speeds. You can read our full blog about the importance of upload speeds here. But in a nutshell, fiber download AND upload speeds are faster than any other speeds available by cable or DSL.

  1. Fiber is the future.

Fiber is the technology of the future, and Socket is bringing it to more homes and businesses in Missouri. With high-speed fiber internet, you can stream high-definition videos, connect gaming systems, and perform other high-bandwidth activities with ease. Fiber provides the broadband technology necessary to support all of these applications in a way that cable, DSL, and wireless simply cannot.


Even if you are looking to build a home, having a fiber internet connection should be a top priority. Socket has a list of Certified Builders that are forward-thinking and will ensure your home will have high-speed internet ready for you upon move in. Learn about our Certified Builders.

Why Socket? We’re locally owned and operated right here in central Missouri. We’ve been providing voice, data, and internet solutions for 25 years and counting – and don’t forget our best-in-industry, local customer service! See what services are available to your current or future home.