People have been using #copper network cabling for their telephone and internet access for over two decades now. It is becoming easier to access #fiber optic networks than ever before, thank to programs like Verizon FIOS and AT&T U Verse. When you compare the two types of #cable, which one is actually better?
Copper cable has always proven temperamental when it comes to the environment. Beach front properties have often found that they have to replace their cabling frequently due to corrosion caused by salt air and saltwater. #fiber optic cables are resistant to most type of corrosion and don’t need be replaced as often, if at all. Score: Copper 0, Fiber Optic 1.
Due to shortages, the price of copper has skyrocketed. Thanks to this fact, the price of installing traditional copper cabling for internet or telephone services is 2 to 3 times the cost of installing fiber optic cables for the same services. As the service becomes more and more streamlined, the price of fiber optics will continue to fall. Score: Copper 0, Fiber Optic 2.
Fiber optic cables are becoming popular because of the fact that they can be used to help curb energy usage. Copper cables, on the other hand, can use up to 5 times as much energy as fiber cables of comparable thickness. Score: Copper 0, Fiber Optic 3.
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