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The age of the internet is booming. Things change everyday, and for normal folks like us it can be hard to keep up. There’s a lot of science behind the Fiber that we know and love today, so let’s get into it.

Well, what is it?

Fiber optic internet is internet that transmits data through fiber-optic cables. (Sounds redundant, we know.) These cables are made of hundreds of tiny glass rods that can send information at the speed of light. It’s the fastest internet available to date, and even makes up most of the global information infrastructure.

How does it work?

Each cable is made of hundreds of tiny glass fibers. These fibers are made up of two parts: the core, which is the light pathway, and the cladding, which protects the core. These two parts react to create total internal reflection, where the light that passes through the core doesn’t bend but bounces off the cladding.

When you send information through fiber internet, it’s translated into binary code and sent bouncing through the cable in light-speed pulses until it reaches its destination. Once there, it gets translated back into regular data by the ONT, optical network terminal. And that’s Fiber!

What does it do?

One of the biggest advantages to having fiber internet instead of regular DSL is that fiber can give you symmetrical upload and download speeds, meaning you can send information as quickly as you receive it. So, having fiber can ensure that your assignments, emails, and Zoom meetings can go smoother than ever. Fiber internet is also significantly more reliable than DSL and doesn’t slow down at “peak” times of day.

Think of how many phones, TVs, tablets, laptops, and smart appliances connect to your internet nearly 24/7. . It’s a lot, right? With IoT becoming more commonplace, it can be hard for regular internet to keep up. Fiber gives you a faster, more reliable connection with a steady signal and 10x more bandwidth for you to use. With Fiber, you won’t have to worry about speeds when your extended family comes to visit.

Where can I find it?

Finding reliable internet is easy, but finding a reliable provider is much more difficult Luckily, Socket is here to solve your problems! We provide lightning-fast Fiber to a large part of mid-Missouri, and we are constantly expanding. We also offer phone and TV services, simple billing, AND local customer service! That’s unusual. That’s Socket.

To find out more about our residential and business packages, visit our website or call 1-800-SOCKET-3.