fiber optics

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

In response to the net neutrality kerfuffle currently being debated and discussed, the FCC is all ears to all sides. They are not, however, open to tactical positioning. In response to the yet-unresolved condition of reclassification for ISPs, which would provide the FCC with additional oversight, AT&T announced they would hold off on investing domestically, including their rollout of fiber-optic cable. Now, the FCC wants to know why AT&T is being pragmatic, and wants them to prove their point.

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AT&T wants to halt fiber-optic rollout due to net neutrality

AT&T wants to halt fiber-optic rollout due to net neutrality

Time and time again, we find that Internet Service Providers (ISP) are at a impasse about net neutrality. They like the idea of it, just not the oversight or practice of being governed in any way. Most, like Comcast, simply offer their own solutions. Most ISPs also vow to uphold net neutrality, saying it’s their vision for the future anyway. AT&T, however, is sitting on their wallet. Their CEO is now saying AT&T will throttle back on any network investments until the net neutrality discussion yields results.

Google Fiber spread: 34 cities in 9 metro areas up for bid

Google Fiber spread: 34 cities in 9 metro areas up for bid

Today Google has let it be known that a collection of cities and metropolitan areas will be ready to roll for Google Fiber sooner than later. Potential cities on the map include areas in and around Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose. Already-included cities - if you somehow missed it - include Kansas City, Austin, and Provo.

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“Fiberhoods”, RFIs cities’ latest gambit for gigabit Internet

“Fiberhoods”, RFIs cities’ latest gambit for gigabit Internet

Most of the world is still without gigabit Internet, and ISPs aren't exactly flocking to bring that super-high-speed connectivity to cities. Start-up costs are just too unwieldy to attract ISPs to lay the fiber-optic networks necessary for operation, and the usual market forces aren't supplying the necessary impetus to get things moving in most locations. Meanwhile, many cities pay up to 34 times as much for plain-old high-speed Internet than other cities pay for gigabit Internet. That's why some cities in the United States are turning to some creative and focused maneuvering to help change the tide.

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