The Internet is a network of thousands of miles of high-speed fiber optic and copper cable that interconnects Internet routes. Depending on the type and quality of the line and the routers to which they are connected, the cables may transmit data at different speeds. Fiber optic T-3 lines transmit data at a rate of forty-five million bits per second. Copper T-1 lines carry data at a rate of one point fifty-four million bits per second. 56K lines transmit data at a rate of fifty-seven thousand, six hundred bits per second. Currently there are faster lines being designed and tested that will carry traffic at over two billion bits per second. As the Internet gains popularity and more people log on, the faster lines will be a necessity in order to handle the increasing demand for more capacity and faster service. For more information on network and computer lines, consult your local Internet provider.
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