Making the Right Decision: Broadband versus Fiber Optic Internet

Liberty Connect

Dec 10, 2019 11:20:12 AM

Fiber optic internet vs. broadband


The best kind of decision you can make is an informed decision – one you can feel good about once it’s made. A question that comes up frequently for customers looking for wireless internet connection is: Do I need fiber or broadband – what’s the difference?

So before you make a decision about which is better for your business, let’s compare some of the highlights of what we typically look for in an internet connection.


What’s On the Inside

You know the old sayings, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and “It’s what’s on the inside that matters”? Well, those statements are true for internet connections as well. The first and most basic difference between broadband and fiber is what they are made of.

Broadband is made of copper cable, which was created originally to transmit only audio. Fiber optic internet is made of fibers of plastic or glass that transmit light signals. The light transmission can transmit more data than copper.


A Lasting Connection

Trust is crucial in making any important decision, especially for businesses. They need to know that they are able to do their jobs. A reliable Internet connection is imperative to any business expecting to succeed and grow. How does fiber stack up to broadband, the internet connection that introduced us to the continuous connection?

While it is true that broadband is generally a strong connection, fiber is dedicated system making it even less likely to be affected by environmental or geographical circumstances.


Strike Up the Bandwidth

In addition to the expectation of staying connected through the various business tasks such as file sharing, video streaming, online conferences, etc., we also need to navigate these tasks clearly and quickly.

Broadband is shared among multiple customers, greatly decreasing the amount of bandwidth available, especially at peak times. Fiber is a dedicated internet connection to be used by the individual business, so the functions of the surrounding businesses have no effect on bandwidth, regardless of the time of day.



Everyone is looking for a little extra security these days, especially for our businesses that we’ve worked so hard to establish and grow. So which internet connection is more secure for all of our data? The fiber network system is more difficult to infiltrate than broadband, while broadband is typically more vulnerable to infiltration.

Security tends to be the last item we compare simply because speed and reliability are what we physically experience every day. But if we don’t factor in security, we could lose everything that we worked so hard to get even quicker.

Not sure what type of speed fits your business needs?

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