We can imagine ourselves in a world in which all of our devices, all of the data, all the information, and all of that information is all being stored on the cloud.
But what if there’s a way to turn that data into something tangible, that can be shared?
How would that be done?
To get there, I reached out to the team behind the fiber optic network that connects the entire United States with New York City.
And I found myself in the company of a man named Michael Ruppel, a senior manager at New York-based New York Fiber Optics, a fiber optic company that is one of the largest providers of fiber optics in the country.
Michael Rippel Michael Riddel (left) and his co-founder David Kriegel, who is now at Microsoft.
Michael Rippell: The idea of the Internet is really to give you access to a wealth of information, but to have it in a way that’s accessible to everyone, in a very low-cost way.
So what we’re doing is a pretty basic one.
We have fiber optic cables in many places, from Brooklyn to New York, from the Bronx to Staten Island.
And we’re connecting them.
We’re getting the signal from New York to Manhattan.
We’ll get that signal from Staten Island to Manhattan, and we’ll get the signal to New Jersey and New York.
And then we’ll connect the two cities.
Then we’ll have fiber-optic cable to New Orleans.
And it’s actually a very simple, very easy thing to do.
And so it’s not like we’re just creating a big giant box.
We are connecting thousands of miles of fiber-networks all over the United States.
The New York Times story I read was that it’s the largest fiber-to-the-home system in the world.
The largest fiber network in the United Kingdom.
And New York is the largest city in the U.S. That’s right, we’re one of three major cities in the entire U.K. with fiber networks that are connected by fiber optic cable.
And the first thing that I found out about that is that it really was not just a giant box to connect New York and New Jersey, New York was the first city to go fiber-only.
New York had its first fiber-per-capita network, and then it’s kind of evolved, and it’s just been evolving as the New York metropolitan area has grown.
So the idea of connecting New York all the way from Brooklyn all the ways to the Bronx was something that we were not able to do before.
And as a result, we didn’t have a real way to connect the entire country, and New Yorkers were able to take a lot of the responsibility and power of being the network operator in their own backyard.
We had to figure out how to figure it out.
And that’s where New York came in.
The city is an incredibly dense urban area.
We can connect to all of New York with fiber, and there’s not a whole lot of cities where you can connect all of your people with fiber.
And in New York we can have the biggest network of fiber that exists.
And there are about 200,000 New Yorkers connected to fiber in New New York alone.
But in order to get the whole country to get that fiber, we had to get them to join the network.
And at the same time, we also had to have a network that was competitive and competitively priced.
So, we were really building an infrastructure that was very competitively competitive and was scalable.
So it was really just a matter of figuring out what we could do to keep up with the competition, and that’s what we did.
David Krugel: So, what made you decide to take on this responsibility and the challenge of scaling fiber networks?
Michael Rittel: Well, I think that there are two kinds of fiber networks.
There are fiber-type networks that have the highest throughput, the highest capacity, and the lowest latency.
And those are the ones that are available in New Jersey.
And our fiber-like network, we’ve called it the fiber-based network.
So our fiber network, it has high throughput, but it has a very high latency.
The fiber-borne network is very fast, but the fiber that you see is very slow.
And this was a critical issue that we had in the network that we built for New Jersey because New Jersey is one very dense city.
New Jersey has more than one million people, so it really takes a lot for the fiber to reach those New Yorkers.
And when we had the first fiber in 2006, we could get about 15,000 calls per day from New Jersey with fiber-speed speeds that were not even close to what we had today.
So that’s why we had a huge problem with our fiber to the home.
And also because