The evolution of high-speed Internet undoubtedly leaves some with older, slower versions, but with new improvements in fiber-optic connections many will see an even bigger divide between those with faster and slower connections.

Existing broadband connections use cable and telephone lines to connect to houses, and though the speed at which they bring the Internet is fast, utilizing the fiber-optic lines that create the base for internet connections and directly connecting them to houses could make the Internet up to 100 times faster.

Within the last 10 years, cable and phone lines have connected up to 90% of U.S. households, but the outlook for fiber-optic connections is much slimmer.

Fiber-optic lines are primarily used by only 17 states, and an overwhelming number of these houses are connected through Verizon, as it is the only major communications company to be in the process of replacing traditional copper lines with fiber-optics.

According to research company RVA LLC, Verizon controls 1.8 million of the 2.9 million American homes that are connected to the Internet with fiber-optic lines.

The majority of these households are in California, Texas, and the East Coast, meaning most of the country will be using broadband connections when a small, lucky percentage are able to use a faster fiber-optic connection.

According to research company Heavy Reading, by 2012 about 13% of U.S. households will be connected through fiber-optic lines, leaving the vast majority of the country out.

It also means Verizon will be in higher demand, possibly increasing its outreach to more households and prompting its competitors to change to fiber-optic lines from copper.

Fiber-optics will make the resolutions of videos and games much more detailed than they currently are, improving video communications and making gaming more realistic than it already is.

By Danny Scuderi
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