The Internet of Things

Despite its somewhat whimsical name, the Internet of Things (often abbreviated IoT)  is a complex topic of global significance.  Its impact will be felt not only economically, in the form of new products and services, but socially, as the new generation of Internet-connected devices changes the way we live. So what is the Internet of Things?  It’s the generally agreed-upon term for devices that connect to the Internet in one way or another, usually for a limited purpose.  For example, one of the most common IoT devices is a “smart thermostat.” A smart thermostat is one that you can control [...]

The Three Tiers of ISPs: What They Mean & Why They’re Important

Has this ever happened to you?  You're talking about the internet with your techy friends and you realize: a) “I don’t know what tiered ISPs are,” and b) “I don’t really know how the internet is structured.” Well, it isn’t just “a series of tubes” as one politician put it. No, a hierarchy of infrastructure exists, which many different commercial, community-owned, non-profit, and privately-owned organizations control. Think of the vast, interconnected highway system that connects cities large and small across the United States. That complexity is similar to the information highway that makes up the backbone of the internet, except [...]

By | 2018-09-21T13:32:39+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Fiber Optic Internet, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Does Fiber-Optic Internet Work?

You’ve probably heard of fiber-optic internet, and how it’s the next step in the internet revolution. After all, the people buzzing about fiber internet run the gamut from corporate CEOs to video game addicts. And that wide spread of appeal is certainly justified. Gigabit speeds, miles-long cables, laser lights – what’s not to love? But if you’re one of the 25% of Americans with access to a fiber-optic network, questions about how all this stuff works may be sprouting up in your mind. All this science-fiction, high-tech mumbo jumbo sounds too good to be true. Well, we’re here to assure [...]

By | 2018-09-21T18:15:55+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Fiber Optic Internet, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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