Q: I was recently contacted by a company that will soon begin providing fiber Internet service in the area where I live. The company representative said that the price will be more or less what I pay now. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of switching to fiber? Would it be better to wait until the company has been in the area for a while? Thanks.
P.H. Shalimar, Florida
A: From where this Geek sits, this is just a matter of advancing technology. The question he asked could have been asked during the time when everyone had dial-up access and broadband services began to appear in the form of digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable. At the time, both technologies existed and were stable, but they weren’t well known to the typical consumer, so there were a lot of questions about them. Today, they are generally considered a solid, tried-and-true method of providing an Internet connection, although that often depends more on the quality of the provider than the underlying technology.