Fiber Optics

“Fiber optics are safe, fast, reliable, and far more cyber secure and energy efficient [than wireless].” Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D.

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 significantly higher frequencies (430 trillion to 730 trillion Hz), using a minuscule fraction of electrical power that would be needed to wirelessly transmit the same data.

The US would benefit from ONE BIG DIG – a coordinated private/public infrastructure project to connect every business, school, home, and farm with fiber optic 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 much the same way that long distance telecom providers shared access to one integrated system of copper telephone wires. ONE BIG DIG for fiber would give us a valuable national asset for safer, faster, and more reliable Internet access. A wireless IoT, by contrast, is expected to cut jobs by 38% in the next 15 years.  

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, redundant, and extremely hazardous to  wildlife, farm animals, pets, and to us.

Resources on Fiber

Wireless Networks Are Not as Fast, Secure, Reliable or Energy-Efficient as Wired Systems, Says New Report  Jan. 26th, 2018 | Business Wire
Announcement and link to report by Dr. Timothy Schoechle. “A public policy report on the Internet and the future of landlines and wireless networks, Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks,” was published online today by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C. Because broadband networks and the Internet have become vital components of our nation’s physical, cultural and social structure, the future of these networks, the report says, must be steered towards the fastest, most reliable and future-proof, and secure infrastructure available. Such infrastructure would be wired, not wireless.”

Municipal fiber optic networks are the future, home automation expert says
May 25th, 2017 | André Fauteux, Editor | La Maison du 21e siecle magazine
Interview of Dr. Timothy Schoechle.  
“I recommend deploying local fiber-optic networks everywhere. All municipalities in North America should put their own fiber networks in. They would save a lot of money on Internet access. The smart grid has always been confused with smart meters but they are not related. The original idea of the smart grid was to use information to better control the generation, transmission and distribution of power. This is still a good idea and fiber is best to transmit data.”

Bruce Kushnick Primer  Dec. 2017 | Scientists for Wired Technology
Why do we still not have a fiber optics system if we paid for it in our rates? 
Bruce Kushnick has spent decades following Telecom/FCC actions with regard to fiber. He has an in depth understanding of how consumers have paid out billions in rate increases for fiber optic networks that Telecom never delivered on. Furthermore, the FCC  has been completely complicit and has turned a blind eye to Telecom’s shoddy accounting and broken promises.

Link to video lecture and book by Bruce Kushnick:

Fund Fiber Optic Broadband, NOT WIRELESS Broadband  Nov. 2017 | Blog post by 
“The United States is planning its future broadband infrastructure. Public input asking for safe, secure, reliable, extremely high speed, and energy efficient is needed. Fiber optic broadband delivers all these. Support Fiber Optic Broadband.”

Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused  June 4th, 2014 | Jason Koebler | Motherboard
Although from 2014, this article has a lot of useful (and somewhat complicated) information about why many people still  don’t have fiber when the fiber has already been laid! Bottom line seems to be, the big telecom companies, like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are controlling the playing field to their advantage and our loss. 
“Government buildings all around the country are wired with fiber, but agreements with huge telecoms keep it out of people’s homes….Unfortunately, those people—and millions of others around the country—will have to settle for Internet speeds that are relatively run-of-the-mill, while tons of unused fiber sits beneath them.”

Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America  June 21st, 2017 | Dr. Robert Wack from Westminster, Maryland | Comments before the Committee on Energy and Commerce 
Westminster City Council president, Dr. Wack describes a public private partnership his city launched which provides fiber network to all homes and businesses. 

San Francisco seeks universal fiber broadband with net neutrality and privacy  Feb. 1st, 2018 | Jon Brodkin | Ars Technica
“San Francisco is trying to find network providers to build a city-wide, gigabit fiber Internet service with mandated net neutrality and consumer privacy protections. It would be an open-access network, allowing multiple ISPs to offer service over the same lines and compete for customers”.

Net Neutrality Chant: “Sue the FCC; Break Up Verizon & AT&T” Dec. 13th, 2017 | Bruce Kushnick | Huffington Post
Bruce Kushnick explains some of the other ways beyond net neutrality in which the FCC is colluding with Telecom at the expense of the American people.
“Net Neutrality is only one of 15-20 different current FCC proceedings that are designed to all work together, which we dubbed the ‘Wheel of Mis-Fortune’. While Net Neutrality is a catchy phrase, it is more of a distraction; the real problems are much deeper and they have gotten far too little attention.”


Not happy with your wireless service? Blame the FCC  Oct. 9th, 2017 | Bruce Kushnick | Huffington Post
Part 1 
“The FCC released the ‘Twentieth Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions with Respect to Mobile Wireless’; a piece of propaganda on wireless competition in America to help AT&T and Verizon. As we will discuss, the statistics and presentation are based on a questionable manipulation of the facts, or more importantly, it is the omission of basic information that is the real problem.”

America’s Wireless: 59th in the World in LTE; 2nd in ‘Most Expensive’ Data Prices; 40% Is Overcharged due to “Whamming”.  Oct. 15th, 2017 | Bruce Kushnick | Huffington Post 
Part 2
“America is 59th in LTE wireless speeds according to Open Signal’s June 2017 report. 
America is 2nd in ‘most expensive’ data out of 41 countries, based on Rewheel Research.
The FCC manipulated the average wireless speed; it is 46%-72% above what the other research firms have found.”
“…when you go online today it is as if an uninvited mob has joined you on a conference call – with hundreds of uninvited companies, most of whom you never heard of, and you have no idea of their intentions.”

Wireless Smartphones with Only 10Mbps Down, 1Mbps Up, are Not a Substitute for a Wired Broadband Connection. Oct. 19th, 2017 | Bruce Kushnick | Huffington Post
Part 3
“Conclusion: Wireless Is Not a Substitute for Wireline Cable TV, Internet or Even DSL, Much Less a Fiber Optic-Based Service.”

Google Pivots from Fiber to 5G  Aug. 17th, 2016 | Posted by Kaz Weida | HSI (High Speed Internet)
“Cities across America have been waiting patiently for Alphabet, Google Fiber’s parent company, to begin building the infrastructure that’ll bring high-speed internet home. But thus far, it’s been an exercise in frustration for both sides….Development of fiber networks by Google in over 16 cities has stumbled and stalled based on two major roadblocks:” –  Expensive Infrastructure and Legislative Limbo.


Koch Brothers Are Citites’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband  Dec. 16th, 2017 | Susan Crawford | Get Wired Magazine
“…fed up with federal apathy and sick of being held back by lousy internet access controlled by local cable monopolies, scrappy cities around the US are working hard to find ways to get cheap, world-class fiber-optic connectivity. It’s always been an uphill climb, as the ‘incumbents’—giant carriers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T—are constantly working behind the scenes to block competition. (Recently, Comcast spent nearly $1 million opposing a municipal-fiber vote in Fort Collins, Colorado.”

Fiber Optics: Faster, Safer, More Energy Efficient, and Cyber Secure Than Wireless
Using fiber optics to transmit data from Point-A to Point-B is much faster, far more secure, vastly more reliable, safer, defensible, and more energy efficient.

Bruce Kushnick – The Book of Broken Promises @ Civic Hall Book Day – Apr 28 2015