Dark Fiber Service Costs Dropping
As time marches on, high tech tools become cheaper. It’s not a secret that everything from internet service plans to computers has decreased dramatically in cost since their inception. Dark fiber networks are no exception to this rule.
Dark fiber service was once only available to those urban locals and was so prohibitively expensive that many businesses were hesitant to install it. Over time, demand simply outweighed costs, and there was a boom in dark fiber installations. Banks, colleges and big businesses bought in.
Soon telecommunications companies were in the midst of the internet bubble and were installing more dark fiber in America than anywhere else in the world. Companies spent millions upon millions of dollars to buy and install the new cable. Its popularization is much of the reason we have such high-quality, widespread networks today.
At one time, it cost businesses several thousand dollars per linear mile just to be able to have faster, more efficient networks that were more secure. Just like laptops, smart phones and televisions, dark fiber service has come down exponentially in price. Telecommunications companies over-estimated how many miles of dark fiber they would need in the late 1990’s, leaving us with masses of unused but perfectly installed top-quality dark fiber. Today, it costs about much less per linear mile to install the cable. Obviously, supply caught up with demand, making it much more reasonable for the budgets of underfunded by highly utilized entities to get the network they need.
There are now opportunities for non-profits and universities who could not afford to install the networking cable previously to do so now. With dark fiber service, universities and schools can connect to the same network, allowing a dramatic increase in the speed and ease of sharing precious knowledge.
With the prices of materials falling, now is the time to find out if dark fiber service is a good option for your business.