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These fibers are housed in a plastic sheath, which is then surrounded by more protective galvanized steel and copper wiring for power. Without all that protective cladding, the fiber optics would be vulnerable to damage from curious wildlife and ships dropping anchor on the ocean floor. http://www.connectedfiber.com/watch-google-employees-dissect-an-undersea-fiber-optic-cable

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Although TUNA was designed for military applications, similar technology could be used by civilians to bring broadband Internet to remote regions of the world as well. Temporary fiber-optic networks could be very valuable in coordinating disaster relief efforts, for example. http://www.connectedfiber.com/darpa-develops-temporary-underwater-fiber-optic-networks

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Telangana’s government hopes to use the broadband network to improve the lives of its citizens in a number of other ways as well. The health department could use it to send immunization reminders to people in remote areas before mobile health clinics come to their villages, for example. In conjunction with the fiber deployment, government officials are launching a digital literacy campaign to teach people the basics of how to access and use the Internet. They also plan to provide routers to families who can’t afford to purchase one on their own. http://www.connectedfiber.com/in-india-new-fiber-network-to-bring-internet-to-23-million

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“The technology quickly detects when abnormal stress, movement or temperature conditions are present,” said a SoCalGas representative in a press release. “Continuous monitoring and measurement will help the company quickly identify threats to a pipeline from heavy equipment operation, unexpected earth movement or physical impact.” http://www.connectedfiber.com/california-gas-pipelines-will-get-fiber-optic-monitors

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The FCC funding was provided as a component of the Connect American Fund—a program created in 2011to bring voice and broadband access to underserved communities all across the country. http://www.connectedfiber.com/fcc-approves-170-million-for-new-york-broadband-expansion

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Not only is the Arctic especially cold, it’s also centrally located relative to the rest of the world. Likewise, the Arctic Ocean could act as a shortcut to connect North America, Europe and Asia with an intercontinental fiber optic network. According to High North News, an Arctic-based fiber network would increase the speed of communications between continents, providing a competitive advantage for stock traders and businesses participating in the digital economy. Building data centers and fiber networks in some of the northernmost points in the world could also benefit the remote communities of the Arctic, making it easier for them to access healthcare, education and business opportunities with the rest of the world. http://www.connectedfiber.com/could-the-arctic-become-a-pillar-of-broadband-connectivity

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There are still plenty of challenges the research team will have to overcome to get the transmitter ready to go to market. As one writer in the network communications magazine LightReading points out, there’s still no word on the operating range of the terahertz transmitter. A 100 Gbps wireless transmitter might be pretty great in theory, but it won’t do much good if it only works within the confines of a laboratory. It may be difficult to make the transmitter function effectively over long distances due to the extreme signal attenuation associated with terahertz-band communications. http://www.connectedfiber.com/researchers-develop-terahertz-band-wireless-transmitter

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By studying the behavior of winds in the upper atmosphere, Project Loon engineers have been able to improve the altitude control systems and navigation algorithms in their balloons. Now that the balloons can be more precisely controlled, they don’t need to be connected in a continuous ring that circles the entire planet. Instead, they can be deployed in smaller clusters to specific regions that lack Internet access. http://www.connectedfiber.com/google-improves-its-balloon-based-internet-tech

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The new fiber optic cables will offer additional support for “mobile operators’ base stations” in the region which provide wireless Internet access to the citizens of Uganda. Instead of offering its own wireless network in Uganda, Facebook will lease bandwidth on its fiber optic network to other established ISPs in the country. This will help to offset the initial price of installation and keep costs relatively low for Facebook. http://www.connectedfiber.com/facebook-will-lay-500-miles-of-fiber-optic-cable-in-uganda

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After years of being frustrated by a lack of choice when it comes to Internet service, consumers are suddenly being treated to a host of new options from the nation’s biggest telecom companies. Hopefully, this competitive trend will force ISPs and wireless carriers to continue to offer more varied, affordable Internet options in the future. http://www.connectedfiber.com/verizon-introduces-pre-paid-fios-plans
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