Fiber Optical Cable – Faster, Safer, and More Cyber Secure
Wireless Data Transmissions Are Energy Inefficient; Data Transmissions over Fiber Optic Cables Are Far Superior
More than half the AC-electrical power for 24/7/365 wireless data transmissions are used to convert AC to DC and to encode digital data onto microwaves before the antennas spray these microwaves into the atmosphere as microsecond spikes of electrical power. Anything in the environment – buildings, plants, people, animals and insects – either absorb or reflect these carrier waves, attenuating the signal along the way. This is an extremely energy-inefficient and hazardous way to transfer data from Point-A to Point-B.
Fiber optic cables, by contrast, transmit data much faster and at much higher frequencies (430 trillion to 730 trillion Hz), using a minuscule fraction of AC-Electrical power that would be needed to transmit the same quantity of data wirelessly. To transmit data from Point-A to Point-B, engineers know that using fiber optic cables is much faster, far more secure, vastly more reliable and defensible.
Therefore, the US would benefit from One Big Dig – a coordinated private/public infrastructure project to connect every business, school, home and farm with fiber optical cables. This would create an invaluable and defensible national asset, as well as many thousands of American jobs. Private companies could then share access to this national asset to offer competing services, in the same way that long distance telecom providers shared access to one integrated system of copper telephone wires.
On the other hand, the US Government, by encouraging the construction of four or five competing wireless networks to provide 10+ Gbps wireless data transfers, has created a serious problem as this scheme is energy-inefficient, ludicrously redundant, and extremely hazardous to our agricultural industry, to our environment, and to us.