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The Environmental Impact of Fiber Internet: Why It’s a More Eco-Friendly Option

December 6, 2023

Twin Valley Eco Friendly Internet December 2023

Let’s face it: most of us spend more time scrolling social media and streaming online content than we’d like to admit. But have you ever thought about the impact your internet usage might have on the environment? While the energy required to send an email or complete a simple search is rather small, internet usage accounts for approximately 3.7% of global greenhouse emissions. Before you start stressing over your carbon footprint, our team at Twin Valley is discussing a more eco-friendly option—fiber internet. Keep reading to find out how fiber internet is not only boosting speeds but conserving energy!

Promote Energy Efficiency

Fiber optic cables that provide fiber internet are more energy-conserving than traditional technologies. This technology consumes 1 watt of energy while transmitting light over 100 meters, whereas coaxial cables consume 3.5 watts to transmit light over the same distance. Because these fiber networks require less energy, less heat is generated, eliminating the need for a cooling system. Remember, the less cooling, the fewer carbon emissions!

Reduce Material Demand

Compared to traditional copper cables, fiber optic cables require fewer raw materials during production. The manufacturing process of copper cables involves extracting and processing large amounts of copper, a resource-intensive endeavor. In contrast, because fiber optic cables are made from silicon dioxide, a natural compound composed of silicon and oxygen, there is no mining process required to obtain or harvest it. This reduced demand for raw materials can help conserve resources and reduce the environmental impact of mining processes.

Limit Repairs and Updates

One of the most eco-friendly aspects of fiber-optic cables is their durable nature. While copper cables are susceptible to environmental damage like moisture and corrosion, fiber cables are more resistant, resulting in fewer replacements. And, when it comes time to replace fiber-optic infrastructure, the cables themselves (composed of glass) are recyclable!

Lower Carbon Emissions

Perhaps the most compelling selling point of fiber internet is lower levels of energy consumption. But, lower energy consumption of fiber-optic networks not only reduces electricity bills, it also results in lower carbon emissions! Fiber-optic internet’s energy efficiency translates into fewer greenhouse gas emissions, making it a more environmentally responsible choice in a world grappling with the consequences of climate change.

The Future of Fiber

Since 2020, nearly everything has transitioned online, including work, school and doctor’s visits, and that is predicted to continue into the near future. But why does that matter? With more and more aspects of our daily lives becoming virtual, there’s a true opportunity for broadband technology to reduce energy usage where possible, while supporting sustainability efforts. The benefits of fiber aren’t just confined to our work. They extend to our environment!

Partner With Twin Valley—Our team at Twin Valley understands the need for affordable and reliable high-speed internet, which is why we are bringing fiber internet to rural areas near you! Our networks are fiber-fed, and many areas have true fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) internet, which means you’ll get the fastest speeds possible.

Check out our latest fiber expansion projects here!

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