Make Way For Plastic Optical Fiber

Since plastic was invented in the 1850s, it has transformed industries from textiles to transportation to microelectronics. High-speed communications is one of the last holdouts, but that may soon change. On May 15, Boston Optical Fiber Inc. in Marlborough, Mass., became the first company to sell plastic fiber for telecommunications. It promises data transmission speeds approaching those of glass fiber for a fraction of the cost.

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