They used to call it dark fiber...
It was the 1990s. Telecom firms plowed billions into fiber optic networks to prepare for the coming explosion in traffic for the web, wireless systems, and computer networks.
Turns out, the supposed "gold rush" was just a few years ahead of its time. So, much of the fiber optic systems sat unused. They were quite literally dark - no light, no data, was shining down the high-speed cables.
But quietly over the past few months, the fiber-optic sector has hit critical mass.
It's lit up like never before.
Consider that one small-cap leader has already handed savvy broadband investors gains of nearly 300% over the past year.
And with a market cap of just $342 million, the fast-moving stock still has plenty of room to run.
In a moment, I'll show you just what I mean...First, we need to look at the big trends pushing this and other fiber optic stocks into the stratosphere...
How Light Will Make the Web 85,000 Times Faster-and Power Blazing Fast Computers
Since the dawn of the Internet, millions of users have dreamed of getting true high-speed connections.
Well, fasten your seat belts folks...
A new breakthrough promises to provide Web and other computer networks links that are 85,000 times faster than what we have today.
No, that's not a misprint. But it is so fast it's hard to get your mind around-especially for those of you who remember using phone lines to surf the web.
Back then it seemed you could take a break, paint your house, cut the grass and clean the kitchen -- and still get back to your computer before it finished downloading a photo.
Forget video. That sounded like a sci-fi fantasy.
Admittedly, it's gotten quite a bit faster since then. Over the past decade millions of users around the U.S. have joined the broadband revolution. It's now becoming standard to link to the Web at speeds of at least 10 megabits per second, or about 175 times faster than dial up.
But even at those speeds, the magnitude of the change I'm describing is hard to fathom. But I'll try.
Think of it this way: If dial up was a one-story home, then today's broadband would stand almost twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
Yet, to equal what I'm calling Ultimate Broadband--or 85,000 times faster than what we have now-- you'd have to string Empire State Buildings 1.3 times around the entire surface of the Earth!
Internet Speeds Beyond Belief
It works using twisted beams of infrared light.
Now you know why this innovation will be so crucial for the future of broadband communication and entertainment.
Having just upgraded my home theater, I can speak from personal experience. Super-fast connections are what's driving the next wave of home entertainment and data services.
And here's the thing: you won't need wires to take advantage of these incredible speeds.
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