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WILL BROADBAND BECOME OBSOLETE?

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It isn’t easy to think back to when many of us depended on slow DSL connections for home internet, even though it may have just been a decade ago. Homes did not have that many devices connected to the internet, certainly not the wide array of home appliances and devices that all tap into our Wi-Fi networks today. Back then, the idea of streaming 1080p content right to our televisions without buffering almost seemed impossible, let alone the 4k definition that we can get today. If you take a moment to look at it, you will realize that we live in a golden age of connectivity and on-demand content, with quality internet deals that keep us connected as much as we want. Though we may still occasionally encounter some issues, all these advantages have fiber broadband playing a key role in them. You may ask yourself what fiber broadband is… well, we would answer that question for you.

Three basic types of fiber broadband link your home or office to the local telephone exchange. The first is asymmetric digital subscriber line, or ADSL, which uses copper cables to connect your home to a street-level cabinet or junction box. The second type is FTTC, or fiber to the cabinet, which uses a fiber optic cable to connect the exchange to the cabinet, and then a copper cable to connect to your home. The last type of fiber broadband is FTTP, or fiber to the premises, which uses a fiber optic cable to connect to homes without using a copper cable. This is what is currently available in terms of fiber broadband choices. Predicting the future of full-fiber broadband is a difficult endeavor, but currently, it is the gold standard for ultra-fast internet. There is no way of knowing if even faster internet connection methods will come out in the future. As of now, it does not look like fiber would go obsolete any time soon, as there is no doubt that we need fiber connectivity, especially in our homes.

Though 5G looks like it may usurp the position of fiber broadband in our daily lives, it still has many hurdles to climb before it can become a dominant force. Broadband has one major advantage that 5G cannot reach yet; it is ubiquitous. Broadband is already present in almost every city, and though it may not have penetrated some rural areas, it still has a wider reach than 5G. For 5G to truly render broadband obsolete, it must be available everywhere, which is not an easy feat. Its impact would be gradual and would most likely impact the urban areas before spreading to the more populated suburbs. The rise of 5G might be good for homes, though, as its rapid spread will force today’s home broadband providers to step up their services. The cable industry, in particular, could benefit from more competition to improve its lacking customer service. Many of these companies do not offer quality services, as finding good internet deals is not as straightforward as it seems.

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Christopher Stern
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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