If you have ever had one of those healthy moments and searched for “Dr. Oz benefits of fiber,” you would find hundreds of articles and video content that credit fiber in your diet with having the potential to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lose weight, and even reduce the risk of heart disease1.
Of course, we all know Dr. Oz is talking about high-fiber foods, but if you allow me to play “Telecom Fiber Doctor,” for just a minute, you will also see that a high fiber count, as in fiber-optic, may also have many key benefits. The example I will use is simple. Think of a community or city that lacks healthy fiber-optic infrastructure compared to one that has purposely planned, developed and maintained a high-speed fiber network throughout. Crazy to think you can make an analogy between a bran muffin and fiber-optic glass, but you be the judge when reviewing the potential benefits.
To start, let’s define the town. l will randomly call it Fibertown USA. It need not be an NFL city, more likely it is that tier two or three city which has struggled with poor or non-existent broadband to the home, little or slow internet, both in residence and in the workplace, and a lack of cable TV offerings. The town may be random but the facts are not. According to the FCC 2015 Broadband report, 17% of all Americans, not including tribal or US territories, lack access to advanced broadband, and in rural America over half of the American population lacks access to connectivity speeds in excess of 25Mbps download. The report goes on to state, “35 percent of schools across the nation still lack access to fiber networks capable of delivering the advanced broadband required to support today’s digital-learning tools 2.” These are startling statistics. Read more of this post