I hope that this is not an ignorant or misinformed question, I am new and I'm trying to learn more about internet provision.
I have read that DSL has a maximum distance of 18,000ft (or 5.5 Km) before a loop extender has to be established to keep the speed from degrading. What are cable and fiber optic's maximum distances before a loop extender must be established, if any? I have also read that fiber optic lines do not degrade over the distance between the ISP and the customer, is that true?
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