How to Get Fiber Internet for Your Business

As your small business grows, so can the demand for greater bandwidth and faster internet access. One way to accommodate this need is with a fiber-optic cable connection, also referred to as “fiber internet” or “internet fiber.”

While it may not be the solution for every business, knowing more about fiber-optic cable can help determine if it’s right for you. These frequently asked questions cover some of the most common issues surrounding the topic.

What kind of businesses need fiber-optic internet?

Fiber-optic cable enables the fastest connections, making it a perfect solution for tech-reliant companies, medium and large companies that depend on cloud-based line-of-business applications, and others that demand quick and reliable internet. In addition, any businesses that experience frequent internet sluggishness or slower downloads and uploads may also be wise to consider a fiber-optic internet connection.

Is there a fiber network map that can tell me where it’s available?

Since every provider is unique, the best way to find out if a fiber-optic solution is available to your business is to check fiber availability in your area. Most will have some type of fiber map you can consult. For your convenience, Sparklight Business provides a US fiber map that identifies the core backbone with fiber available in all the communities Sparklight Business serves. 

How is a fiber-optic network connection installed?

Every fiber-optic cable installation is different, however, in most cases installers bury the cables underground or string them along telephone poles for aerial installations. Once this process is finished, your fiber-optics installer will complete the process of connecting the fiber inside your business location.

How can my business determine its fiber-optic cable price?

Since every fiber installation varies, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact price. However, for the sake of ballpark estimating, fiber installation companies may charge from one to six dollars per foot depending on the fiber count. A building with 100 drops—or end user connections—can run upwards of $15,000. This does not include the cost to run fiber-optic cable to the site. For an accurate assessment of fiber optic internet installation cost, Sparklight Business can provide an estimate for your business.

What is the difference between dark fiber and lit fiber?

Fiber that’s been laid but not activated is considered dark, while fiber that has been activated is called lit. When a business uses lit fiber, it typically pays the provider a monthly fee for service along these activated lines. Using dark fiber typically requires the purchase and maintenance of their own equipment to activate and use the connection. For this reason, some businesses prefer lit fiber. Your provider can tell you which options are available to you.

What is Google Fiber?

Google Fiber is a relatively new way to deliver internet over special fiber cables. Still in its infancy, it is only available in certain areas of the country, although the projected number of locations is expected to grow. To find out if your business is a candidate for Google Fiber, talk to the providers in your area. Sparklight Business offers a variety of broadband and fiber-based internet services.

How to Get Fiber Optic Internet

One of the questions we get asked most often is “When can I get fiber optic internet?” The answer depends on the area in which your business is located.

To review your Sparklight Business Fiber Internet service options including the cost of fiber optic installation, talk to a representative today at 844.846.9804. You may also find our fiber-optic page and more information on why your business may need fiber internet helpful. Sparklight Business also offers high-speed broadband internet over coax with download speeds up to 500 Mbps depending on the market. Talk to a representative today.