What Is Fiber Internet?
You may have heard the terms fiber-optic internet and fiber internet, but what do they mean? You may know that you get higher speeds, but still wonder what fiber-optic technology is and how it could make your internet service faster. If we break the term apart, we can find the answer. Fiber refers to the glass wires that are inside the cable, also known as fiber-optic cables. Optic refers to how the data is transferred—through light signals. And the internet is, well, you know, the internet. So fiber-optic internet is the transfer of data by light signals through thin, protected glass wires that could give you access to the internet at a much faster rate.
How Fast Is Fiber Fast?
Photons, on the other hand, transmit using infrared laser light, and since the speed of light is faster, more data can get through, and the bandwidth is higher. Speed with fiber-optics can vary by provider, but generally overall you'll have generally have a better connection using fiber-optics
|Up to 940 Mbps|
via a wired connection. Speed may not be available in your area
|Average File Size||Download Time|
Stream a 4 minute song on Spotify
Watch a 5 minute video on YouTube (1080p)
Scroll your Facebook Timeline for 1 hour
Stream a 45 minute episode on Amazon Prime Video
Watch a 2 hour HD movie on Netflix
**Assumes HD-quality video streaming consumes data at a rate of 2 GB/hour, streaming audio/radio consumes data at a rate of 75 MB/hour, an average web page is 2 MB/hour, and social media pages consume data at a rate of 350 MB/hour. Please be advised that the values provided should only be used as a general estimation, as download speeds may vary by device, by type and by quality of content.
CenturyLink Fiber Internet
CenturyLink Fiber Internet comes with more than just blazing-fast speeds that can support practically any number of users and devices with virtually no lag time. Any CenturyLink internet plans, Fiber gigabit plans included, round-the-clock, easy-to-access tech support from a real person, not a robot.
CenturyLink Fiber Internet
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Speed may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection.
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Go With Fiber-Optic Internet
With fiber broadband, your devices can load up in an instant, your movies can stream flawlessly, and you won’t even have download times in your vocabulary—fiber is that fast.
Have a family of 3 or more, each with their own device? With fiber internet and its more substantial bandwidth, you won’t have to worry about buffering anymore. Your kids can stream their shows on their tablets while you download the latest superhero movie for movie night, and your partner can stream their favorite podcast on their phone—all for one, and one fiber internet connection for all. There is so much that you can do with fiber internet today.
- Stream multiple HD movies at once—stop fighting over what to watch.
- Save on mobile data-let family and friends use your Wi-Fi
- Game with virtually no lag—tackle your favorite multiplayer games with minimal skips or freezing.
Is Fiber-Optic Internet Available in Your Area?
Fiber-optic internet is a hot commodity, and it could be available in your area! With CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit, get our highest speed for downloading, streaming, and gaming. Check the table to see if you can have Fiber Gigabit in your home and install fiber today.
Can’t find your city? CenturyLink offers other high-speed internet plans that can still meet your needs.
Speed may not be available in your area. Customer speed experiences will vary, particularly when accessing the Internet wirelessly from various devices. Download speeds are via a wired connection. Internet speeds are not guaranteed due to conditions outside of network control, including customer location, devices, equipment, and access through a wired or wireless connection; see centurylink.com/InternetPolicy for more information. Fiber Gigabit: Maximum download/upload speeds are up to 940 megabits per second via a wired connection due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
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