Corning: the World Leader in Fiber Optics
You'll probably be amazed to learn that they receive hundreds of patents each year. It may even impress you to hear that they employ one of the highest percentages of Inventors Hall of Fame Researchers of all the companies in the world. And would you believe that they've received four National Medals of Technology? Corning's list of credits is stellar, but one of their accomplishments stands out above all the others: the invention of fiber optic technology.
The beginning of Fiber Optics
Thanks to Corning's hard-working developers, early fiber optic signal loss, or attenuation, wasn't a problem for long. By 1970, the research team at Corning had developed a fiber that was both capable of transmitting over distance and ready for market.
A technology ahead of its time
But Corning isn't a company to waste time. Always operating with the future in mind, their fiber optic research team used this waiting period to further improve their invention, and by 1972 the original fiber had been made obsolete ... before it even went on the market! All of Corning's patience and ingenuity finally paid off when the US telephone industry was finally deregulated, and the company received an order for 100,000 kilometers of optical fiber from MCI.
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