Introduction - An introduction to the project and this training

What is Broadband - A brief introduction to what broadband is

How Do We Compare - Some international, interstate, and intrastate broadband comparisons

How Do We Get Here

What Should We Do - What are some of our options for improving broadband in the region

Take the Broadband Survey.

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Fiber is simply faster. While fiber is used extensively in middle mile applications, there are few last mile fiber deployments. Implementation costs to get fiber to every address are quite high.

Consider the following analogy to illustrate the capacity of fiber...

The straw on the left represents the capacity of a dial-up connection; the one on the right, DSL.

If a standard drinking straw represent dial up speeds (56K)...

Typical connections on fiber networks operate at 100 and 1,000 Mbps. The pipes shown illustrate those capacities relative to DSL connections.

...then a pipe about a foot in diameter equals a 100 Mbps connection. Using the same scale, a Gigabit connection would roughly be a pipe three feet in diameter.

Current technology can deliver terabits (1 million megabits) over the same strand of fiber.

The fastest commercial connections for a single fiber would equal a pipe about 115 feet in diameter...
...and the theoretical capacity of a fiber would be represented by a structure over 1,600 feet in diameter - or as large as the Hoover Dam.


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