I’m curious why I can’t find anyone experimenting with the use of superconductors (high temperature superconducting (HTS) wire, specifically) in networking applications. I realize that fiber is really cheap now and HTS wiring is not. But it would be nice to see the transmission distances, for example, for an HTS version of Cat 6 with RJ-45 style connectors. I find it annoying that you have to clean/polish the ends of fiber and dealing with two connectors is a pain. Though I think the LC duplex connectors are an improvement over the SC/FC/ST connectors. Plus I’ve seen what happens when you bend fibers too far and have to replace or splice it. Then again, I’m not that familiar with HTS wire so it may have some of the same issues (though surely it can’t be as brittle as glass). Since fiber supports DWDM, I don’t think HTS cable will take off, but it would still be interesting to see the comparison. This would be core network/long haul usage … in the long run, I think that wireless will win out in the last mile since it doesn’t require the expense of burying fiber. If anyone knows more about HTS wire being used in networking applications please send me an email or leave a comment here. Thanks.