Editorial:  Moving at the speed of light

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On Thursday, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce presented the findings of “The Worcester Fiber Connectivity Report,” which the Chamber commissioned to understand the current state and benefits of fiber-optic Internet connectivity.

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Fiber-optic cable allows a much greater volume of data and at much higher speeds than typical household connections such as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable. Speed is judged in megabits per second (Mbps). While DSLs download at 10-15 Mbps and Charter Spectrum offers cable plans starting at 60 Mbps, fiber-optic connections can range anywhere from 100 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps (otherwise known as a gigabit).

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