Fiber internet is a great choice for high-bandwidth households where multiple users want to stream video, play online games, back up data, or send and receive large files at the same time, especially over long distances.
A fiber-connected home can deliver an exceptional experience across all devices and internet-connected systems, from home security to smart thermostats, ovens, refrigerators and other appliances.
With faster speeds, you also don’t get as much buffering with on-demand streaming. “Buffering” refers to the loading time that occurs when a video pauses and has to catch up. Fiber Internet from CenturyLink, for instance, lets you download a full-length 4K or HD movie in seconds.
As an example, this is how long it would take, on average, to download a large media file (6.5 GB) by internet type:
- Dial-up 11 days
- DSL 1 - 14 hours
- Cable 1 minute - 14 hours
- Fiber About 1 minute