Fiber optics and rural regions make a neat match

A major fiber-optic cabling installation program was recently completed in Maine.

By Max Burkhalter
October 1, 2012
Fiber-optic cabling systems have been deployed with relatively high density in many metropolitan areas, but regions of the United States often lack access to the advanced broadband solution. If you have spent any time living in a rural area, you know that the assumption that life moves at a slower pace is only partially true. While there is a generally more relaxed culture in many areas, the reality is that most businesses, schools, government offices and other organizations still have to get the job done at a fast pace. The challenge is that they have to do so without as much access to robust networking systems.

This began to change with introduction of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which led to the commencement of many fiber-optic cabling installation projects throughout rural parts of the country. This led to considerable shifts in how providers approach broadband deployment, and a variety of installations that either result directly from the act or come in response to state and local efforts to improve broadband accessibility.

New fiber-optic installation completed
One such project was recently completed in Maine, where a fiber-optic cabling network has been built stretching over 1,100 miles in northern, western and eastern parts of the state, the Boston Globe reported.

The news source explained that the project was titled the Three Ring Binder installation, as the network uses three interconnecting rings of fiber-optic cabling to spread over the large distance. Through this method, approximately 110,000 households have been connected to an optical network. At the same time, 600 schools, libraries and similar institutions have access to the technology, while 38 government offices also have been attached to the new infrastructure.

What this means for optical networks moving forward
These types of projects in rural areas are becoming more common. They say a great deal about where the networking sector is going moving forward. On one hand, these installations emphasize the need for fiber to Ethernet media converters because they need to connect with Ethernet infrastructure either at the node or at the premises. On the other, they also present significant economic potential.

Introducing optical networks into rural areas enables businesses and government organizations to operate much more efficiently through better access to information and communications systems. In turn, they are able to develop new revenue opportunities and help build the local economy in previously impossible ways.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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