Originally published: March 23, 2009
Last updated: March 24, 2009 - 8:52am
Daily's readers may be a chorus to his sermons in the church of fiber, but he's starting to hear competitors admit fiber's superiority, too. Their arguments against pushing all in on fiber boil down to three points: 1) "Our technology can compete with fiber." 2) "No one needs the capacity of fiber." 3) Fiber's too expensive. Daily counters that no technology has the same capacity as fiber; we need fiber to support UltraHD video applications; if you're building a network from scratch, it's cheaper to lay fiber than copper; over time it's very easy to upgrade the capacity of fiber by simply swapping out the electronics, whereas it's much more expensive and complicated to upgrade copper; fiber's cheaper to operate than copper as it's more reliable; and sure, laying fiber everywhere will be expensive, but so was laying copper everywhere 100 years ago and no one regrets that decision. Finally, fiber is sooo much better in your diet than copper -- ever eat a penny?
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