charlottesville Why is fiber optic Internet important infrastructure for America? Stacy Reed • August 8, 2017 if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?> endif; ?> Ask Whether a member of the Ting team or the mayor of a Ting town, we put your questions in front of smart people. Why is fiber optic Internet important infrastructure for America? The Internet. A series of tubes. What if we told you these tubes are as important as the roads you drive on. Or the railway system. Or whatever Elon Musk is working on next. “But I don’t even commute,” you say. That may be true. But you definitely tele-commute. There’s no avoiding it. Gone are the days when the Internet was purely a medium for entertainment. As Monica Webb, Ting Internet’s Government Relations, points out: we need it for work. For education. For health care. The Internet touches almost everything, so it’s important that we have access to fast and reliable service for today and beyond. After all, would you want to use a computer from 20 years ago today?