fiber optics

Broadband Land

Why Bury Broadband Fiber When You Can Just Glue It to the Road?

TRAXyL, a DC-based startup, hopes their patented resin will provide more options for building affordable internet infrastructure.
Kaleigh Rogers
7.12.18
video

This Is How the Internet Crosses the Ocean

Many people overlook the fact that the internet relies on vast networks of cables connecting continents under the sea.
Motherboard Staff
6.1.18
Science

Plants Are So Awesome, Their Roots Can Sense Light Underground

The stem acts like a 'fiber optic cable,' piping light down to parts that are buried underground. Internet of Plants, here we come.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
11.1.16
Motherboard Blog

A Simple Experiment Perfectly Illustrates How Fiber Optic Cables Work

The best experiments are often the simplest.
Sarah Emerson
4.18.16
News

Google Fiber Is Too Popular for Its Own Good

Faced with a six-month wait for a new Fiber installation, prospective customers in Kansas City are going to competitors.
Jason Koebler
7.21.15
Motherboard Blog

How Hurricane Sandy Pulled the Plug on Landlines

Storm battered Mantoloking, New Jersey, and Fire Island, New York, might very well see the death of the landline sooner than the rest of us.
Lex Berko
10.17.13
Motherboard Blog

Chinese Law Now Says Every New Home Must Come With a Fiber Optic Connection

Forty million people in China will have access to fiber optic connections by 2015.
Brian Merchant
1.11.13
Motherboard Blog

Flying Corpses and Buried Fiber Optics: Two Beautifully Similar Paths

Maybe you've seen this photo that's been spinning around the Internet for a few years purporting to show the uncanny similarity between individual mouse-brain neurons and a model image of the universe. Here it is: !{width:584px}http://www.viceland...
Brian Anderson
8.2.12
Motherboard Blog

The Internet in Your Hands

A lot of people are talking about “the Internet” right now. You know, the series of tubes? That one. Last week, noisy and widespread website blackouts had supporters of SOPA and PIPA, two toxic anti-piracy bills that had been cruising through...
Brian Anderson
1.25.12
Motherboard Blog

Designing the Traffic Signals of the Quantum Internet

As tech goes, quantum computing and the quantum internet are still fairly theoretical: a great idea with tons of research and resources behind it.
Michael Byrne
3.12.11