Books et al.Telecommunications

The future is fiber

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Science  11 Jan 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6423, pp. 133
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav7139

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In her latest book, Fiber, legal scholar Susan Crawford writes about the role of fiber optic cables as the enormously capable conduits of digital data flows. According to Crawford, fiber is the technological enabler that affords true high-speed internet connectivity. But even though the technology is well understood, incumbent telecommunications providers in the United States have so far failed to bring fiber to most homes.