Fiber to the Home
Leading the Way
Building a home is an investment in the future and part of that future is the infrastructure supporting the community. While fiber to the home is considered the future of technology, it is still not available in most non-metropolitan areas. This will change in Bryan/College Station when The Crossing at Lick Creek comes online as the first fiber to the home development with full access to fiber telecommunications.
What is Fiber to the Home?
Fiber to the Home (FTTH) refers to the installation and use of fiber optic cables to carry digital information directly to homes. These cables are made up of hundreds of fiber optics, which are long thin strands of pure glass that are capable of sending and receiving data at the speed of light. Fiber has a higher bandwidth capacity and can easily transmit applications like internet, telephone and video content, with plenty of capacity left over for new applications of the future.
What are the benefits of FTTH?
Fiber technology provides almost unlimited bandwidth, which means it has thousands of times the transmission capacity of copper wire. Fiber optic cables carry voice, data and video signals at speeds well over 20 times faster than today’s fastest high-speed data connections by using laser-generated pulses of light to transmit the signals. This allows FTTH to accommodate a wide variety of data and video applications, from interactive content and telecommuting to audio and video on demand.
Because the fiber optic cables are buried, customers are less likely to experience outages due to ice, storms or other external causes. Fiber optic cables are also less susceptible to problems than traditional copper wires and can withstand the shock and vibration from inclement weather. Fiber does not conduct electricity, is not affected by heat and cold or electric fields from nearby lines, and has a longer lifespan than copper or coax.
Voice and data transmissions via FTTH are more secure than when they are sent over conventional copper cable connections. The use of fiber eliminates the ability to tap, or eavesdrop, through contact with the delivery system.
FTTH is considered “future proof” and offers the flexibility to deliver additional services in the years to come. FTTH provides the flexibility to more easily adapt to customer preference, since new products and services can be activated remotely, either permanently or on demand.
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