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Who offers fiber internet across the U.S.
Homeowners and renters have growing fiber-optic internet options. You can choose from some of the following fiber internet providers where available in your area.
Many fiber internet providers offer a range of speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Where available, fiber internet can give you amazing internet speeds, high service reliability and allow your family to enjoy online entertainment on more devices.
Fiber internet providers in your area
Since fiber technology is new, it’s not as readily available as other internet service options. Providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Verizon and Windstream offer a limited number of residential fiber-optic internet connections, but they continue to expand fiber service to more neighborhoods. Many other internet providers are trying to tap into this state-of-the-art internet technology, too.
AT&T offers fiber internet across select cities in California, Texas, the Midwest and most of the Southeast. AT&T continues to expand its fiber internet network in the U.S., so more residents in these regions will soon have access to high-speed fiber internet.
CenturyLink Fiber Internet offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in 11 major metro areas in the U.S. CenturyLink gig speeds are available in cities such as Denver, CO, Las Vegas, NV, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Omaha, NE, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, and others.
Frontier offers two types of fiber internet. Frontier FiOS fiber internet is available in areas of California, Florida and Texas. Frontier Vantage Fiber is available in select cities across the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast and Northwest.
Verizon’s fiber internet and TV, Verizon Fios, is available in 20 select cities across the East Coast. Cities include Albany, NY, Long Island, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA, and others.
Windstream’s fiber internet, Windstream Kinetic Gig Internet, is available across 16 states. Cities and towns where Windstream fiber internet is available include Huron, MO, Avon, OH, Wake Village, TX, and others.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, 25% of the U.S. population has access to at least 1 fiber-optic internet provider as of December 2016. Around 1% of the U.S. has access to 2 or more fiber internet providers.
Between AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Verizon, Windstream and smaller, local internet providers, more and more customers have access to high-speed fiber internet. Use AllconnectⓇ to find fiber internet providers in your area.
Why fiber isn't available in your area yet
Making fiber internet available to homes across the U.S. costs a lot, and internet providers face different obstacles slowing down expansion.
Expensive technology and construction
Fiber internet networks require providers to install new wires because fiber technology isn’t compatible with existing cable lines. Fiber-optic wires cost much more than cable lines. Where utility poles aren’t available for new fiber lines, providers may face hefty underground construction costs. For instance, building 50 miles of fiber lines in Centennial, CO, cost around $5.7 million.
Additionally, internet providers face local and state regulations that can prevent expansion. For instance, rules about sharing utility poles have limited fiber internet expansion in Nashville, TN. Certain regulations also keep providers from sharing their fiber infrastructure with other internet providers, which can lower the number of available fiber internet providers in an area.
Fiber-optic internet near you
Although it’s limited, a variety of metro areas across the U.S. already have fiber internet networks. Different providers have fiber networks in sections of the following cities:
If fiber-optic internet has not yet reached your home, Allconnect can help you find other high-speed internet providers and packages available in your area.
How does fiber internet work?
In short, fiber internet uses an encased, fine glass wire to transfer data via light pulses. The fiber internet that’s advertised by providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Verizon and Windstream connects users like you to the internet using fiber wires instead of copper cables or phone lines.
What is fiber internet?
Fiber internet uses light pulses to transfer data over a very fine and flexible glass wire. While DSL internet and cable internet are fast, fiber-optic internet is much faster—up to 25x faster. Fiber internet transmits data so fast because light signals transfer data more efficiently than traditional copper cable.
How fiber works vs. how cable works
Copper cable lines use electric stop and start signals to communicate data, but electric signals tend to deteriorate and weaken over distances. A weaker signal is more difficult to read and takes more time to process, making cable internet slower.
In contrast, light pulses don’t stop and start, and they don’t weaken over distances as much as electric stop and start signals. The result is a fast, strong internet signal that can travel a long distance.
New fiber lines to homes
Fiber lines already make up the main infrastructure of the internet. If you have cable or DSL internet, a cable or phone line connects you to the main fiber backbone of the internet. The fiber internet services that providers advertise use fiber lines that go directly to houses and businesses.
Since fiber internet connections use a different material, providers must add new lines to utility poles or install them underground in areas that don’t already have fiber.
Most fiber-optic networks are not as large as DSL or cable high-speed internet networks. However, fiber-optic internet continues to expand. Use Allconnect to find fiber internet providers and plans near you.
Frequently asked fiber internet questions
Fiber internet plans vary in pricing by provider and speeds. Plans can start as low as $30 per month* for speeds up to 50 Mbps with one provider and range up to $79.99 per month* for speeds up to 940 Mbps for another provider.
You can get fiber internet by using Allconnect to find out which fiber internet providers offer plans in your area. Then choose the plan you want, order your new internet service and schedule your installation with your new fiber internet provider.
Fiber internet currently allows providers to offer internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. High-speed fiber internet plans tend to range from 50 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps. In comparison, many cable internet providers can offer speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, but typically offer plans between 20 Mbps and 100 Mbps.
Fiber tends to be more reliable, but can cost more due to high fiber network construction costs. Cable technology has improved in recent years so that cable internet can offer similar internet download speeds as fiber. One of the biggest differences is cable doesn’t offer symmetrical upload speeds. The best option for you depends on your internet usage habits, your budget and connection availability in your area.
Yes, you need a special modem that converts fiber-optic light data into a signal a Wi-Fi router can distribute to your devices. Instead of converting cable and DSL analog signals into a digital signal for devices, the modem must convert light into digital signals.
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 9/5/18.
Pros and cons of fiber internet
Fiber internet gives you a connection that’s great for streaming videos, gaming, video conferencing, uploading large files and more. Even with all of fiber internet’s perks, fiber has some disadvantages.
- Quality: Since fiber’s main conductor is glass, it's resistant to interference. This helps it produce a connection known for superior performance, reliability and high speeds.
- Speed: Fiber internet speeds can reach up to 1,000 Mbps where available.
- Value over time: Because fiber-optic networks cost less to maintain, the price for service is expected to become more affordable over time.
- Availability: As providers install more fiber-optic lines, fiber internet becomes available to more people. But at this time, fiber is only available in select cities and neighborhoods.
- Initial expansion costs: Fiber networks cost more than other internet connection types to construct. It can lead to higher initial costs for providers and then customers.
- Home installation requirements: Many homes already have phone lines or cable connections at the ready for DSL and cable connections. Since fiber technology is newer, a fiber provider may need to drill into your home to set up new lines.
Last updated 9/5/18.
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