If you’ve seen the Pocket iNet videos on Facebook and yard signs in front of people’s houses, then you might know that fiber internet is coming to Walla Walla. But, to an average person, what does this mean?
Well put simply, Fiber Internet is not a new “kind of internet” but a new way of bringing it to your home. When people talk about Fiber, they are talking about Fiber Optic Cable. This cable consists of thin (like hair) glass stands. These strands use pulses of light from LED’s or a laser to transmit data.
Ok, so now there’s a fancy cable bringing my internet, but how does that help me?
Do you like fast internet? Yes, you do because we all do. Fiber can bring up to 1 Gigabyte of data per second into your home! By comparison, most people in Walla Walla have Charter. They offer 60 Megabytes per second download speeds and 4 Megabytes per second upload speeds. So, you could have 60 Mb/s or 1 Gb/s (which is 1000 Mb/s!) The point is: It’s Fast!
But there are also other advantages to Fiber as well. The main two being reliability, and that the data is not easily interfered with by other wires and signals.
All of these things lead to a better internet experience.