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Fiber Optic Internet Speed

How fast is Fiber Optic Internet?

Compare Fiber Internet vs. Broadband Speeds

Like any Internet service, fiber optic Internet download speeds depend on your connection. Not all fiber services are created equal, much like broadband. Fiber is not distance sensitive like copper based services, but speeds can vary. However, there's no doubt that;

  1. Fiber is faster than average broadband speeds in the USA.
  2. You can download more, faster, with fiber.
  3. Fiber Internet is more reliable than copper and less 'patchy' than Wifi.

Fiber Internet is available to businesses just about everywhere and home users in specific locations. At speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, fiber delivers downloads rapidly. Even if your broadband is running at 50Mbps, (which is extremely generous - the average broadband download speed in the U.S is 18.2Mbps), downloading a game, one hundred songs, a HD movie or one hundred photos is up to 20 times faster with Gigabit fiber.

Q3 2015 Speed update: Data from the Akamai State of the Internet Report, shows a decrease in average internet connection speeds in the USA. Down to a nationwide average of 12.6Mbps. Although in certain USA states, there were increases in average internet speeds, during the same time.

Download Speed Comparison Table

Using common file types and sizes as stated on the Apple.com site, the below table gives you an indication on how fast fiber optic Internet service is and how long it takes to download movies, songs, videos, TV shows and audio books, when compared to other broadband services.

All download speeds are estimates. Speeds vary depending on your Internet connection. This is due to a few factors including line quality and modem / ISP bandwidth used to keep your Internet line open.

Length and type of media Approximate size Download speed
Broadband Fiber
1Mbps 5Mbps 10Mbps 20Mbps 100Mbps 1000Mbps (Gigabit)
4-minute song 4 MB 30s 5s 3s 1.5s 0.3s 0.03s
5-minute video 30 MB 3m 40s 26s 13s 2.5s 0.2s
9-hour audiobook 110 MB 10m 2m 1.5m 46s 9.2s 0.9s
45-minute TV show 200 MB 20m 5m 3m 1.5m 16s 1.7s
45-minute HDTV show 600 MB 1h 15m 8.5m 4m 50s 5s
2-hour movie 1.0-1.5 GB 2h 24m 21.5m 10.5m 1.5m 8s
2-hour HD movie 3.0-4.5 GB 6h 72m 60m 32m 4.5m 25s
Misc. Archive 10 GB Forget it Nope Too long Slow Better 1m 20s
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Where can I get Fiber Optic Internet?

Unfortunately, fiber is not available in all residential areas. Select larger carriers have scaled out nationwide deployments, mainly Verizon and AT&T. Google Fiber is the new player in the game and offers service to homes in Austin, Kansas City and Provo. Google plans to expand FTTH to San Jose, Portland, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in the future.

There are other options worth checking out in your local area; SureWest, iProvo, UTOPIA, Veracity Networks, CenturyLink, Peak and cSpire. These fiber ISPs specialize in fiber delivery to home users. For dedicated business fiber, our service covers the San Francisco Bay Area. You can see our coverage in this fiber Internet map. Prefer visuals? Click on the link to view an infographic which shows 10 benefits of using fiber optic cable for internet service at your business.