WHY FIBER OPTICS?
- An optical fiber does not attract lightning and is dielectric (does not carry electicity),
therefore it presents no spark or hazard that can cause explosions or fires as a faulty copper
cable is capable. So an optical fiber can be run through potentially hazardously areas and be
run between buildings without fear of lightning.
(Recall that if copper cabling is run between two buildings, it creates one large circuit.
Even if electro-optical and opto-electrical adaptors are implemented, if the ajoining cable is
not buried, it still poses a substantial lightning risk.)
The Network Wiring Virtual Lecture by L. Scott Freudenthal