We know how much fiber optics are in our homes, but we still don’t know the cost of buying one.
A new study by researchers at Cornell University, along with other institutions, suggests the cost could range anywhere from $40 to $100 per square foot.
“The price of fiber optics has been declining over the past 10 years,” said co-author Michael Schaeffer, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell.
“This is an opportunity to see what kind of value it will deliver.”
In addition to providing the same fiber optic capability as traditional fiber, fiber optic kits and supply will also be more expensive than fiber optics.
“When you’re going to have these optical components, it’s not just about the cost,” Schaefer said.
“You’re also going to be paying for the additional physical infrastructure involved in building those systems.”
In a paper published online in the journal Science Advances, the Cornell researchers found that a one-time upgrade of the standard fiber optic system cost an average of $20 to $25 per square-foot of residential fiber.
The study was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
To date, fiber optics in homes have been available to consumers at a cost of around $400 per square meter.
But a more realistic price for fiber optics could be $100 to $150 per square yard, according to Schaeff.
The Cornell study is the first to use the actual costs of fiber optic installation to determine the potential of a home’s fiber optic network.
In the paper, the researchers used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to estimate the average residential price of residential broadband, based on data from 2011 to 2014.
They used that data to calculate how much it would cost to upgrade the current fiber optic service for a single family home.
The researchers calculated the cost at $80 to $110 per square feet, which would add $2,000 to the cost per square mile for a fiber optic upgrade.
A single-family home in the suburbs would cost $5,000 per square kilometer, according the study.
The costs of installing a fiber optical network could vary by location, however, depending on the technology used.
In a study published earlier this year, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University estimated that the cost for fiber optic upgrades would be $20 per square centimeter of fiber, for example, for a 1-kilometer (0.3-mile) fiber optic connection.
But the study also found that in the more dense urban areas, the cost would be less because of the smaller size of the fiber.
Fiber optic technology is also not available in all areas of the country.
The cost of fiber for fiber-optic cables is higher in rural areas, where many rural areas have no paved roads and other infrastructure to connect the fiber to the network, Schaeefer said.
If the cost were to go down, that could help lower the cost, he said.
It’s also possible that the prices could drop as more consumers upgrade to a fiber-based Internet service, Schiaff said.
As a whole, the study found that upgrading the fiber optic networks in a home would add more than $500 per square inch to the overall cost of the system.
But it would take more than two years for the network to reach full capacity.
That’s because the network requires fiber optic equipment and other hardware to be installed.
“We’re not talking about $1,000 here, $1.5 million,” Schiaffer said.
A home that doesn’t have fiber optic would be better off buying fiber optics instead of installing fiber, but if the price is high, that’s the only way to go.
“It could be cheaper to replace that fiber optic than to buy fiber,” he said, adding that consumers could save money if they upgrade the home’s existing fiber optic infrastructure.
The research was conducted with researchers from Cornell’s Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Information Science, and the School of Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis.
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