You can get internet access through traditional coaxial cables (using cables already installed in your home) or through a fiber optic network. Cable internet service requires a modem and professional installation but is still the most commonly used service for homes because it is more cost-effective and uses existing infrastructure. Fiber optic networks are thin strands of pure glass that carry internet across long distances. These networks need to be installed separately and are more time-consuming and costly, but they are faster. A fiber optic network travels at the speed of light—laser light—which makes it faster than both the speed of electricity (100 times faster) and the speed of sound (1 million times faster).
In addition to incomprehensible speed, fiber optic technology also offers extremely high capacity. For this reason, it is quickly becoming the standard for many businesses.