The Bandwidth of the Future
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  • Fat_Man

    “there might be a limit to the speed … data can be transmitted over fiber-optic cables”

    The speed of light is ~300,000 Km/s in all frames of reference. It not possible to go faster than that.

    C, it’s not just a good idea. It is the law.

    • Jim__L

      The rate at which that light can be resolved into data is subject to both hardware and software technology, which is subject to improvement because they haven’t got it right yet. Maybe they’ll get it right in the near future (at which point the progress will slow or stop), or maybe they won’t get it right for another few decades.

      In any case, the salient point is a quibble between “speed” and “rate”. I’m not sure it’s worth editing the piece just to correct that.

      By the way, I hope you enjoyed the new Star Trek movie as much as I did, and you’re having as much fun tearing apart its physical, logical, and dramatic inconsistencies as I am. 😉

  • Plinky

    Can you explain why this is so important in something other than broad techno-utopian terms? Will this actually have any have impact on the economy, or just add a few tenths of a percent to telco profit margins sometime in the future because they won’t have to lay new cable as soon?

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