Most people in the United States can’t get a decent Internet connection. That seems like a simple enough problem, but there is no easy solution. To make matters more confusing, most information floating around about broadband availability is confusing and contradictory. A lot needs to be sorted out before we get decent connections at an affordable price.
Take the National Broadband Map. Many of us in the industry define true broadband as a symmetric connection with at least 100Mbps. If you believe the National Broadband map, 97% of North Carolina (where I live) has access to 100Mbps. Yet, almost no one that I know either in North Carolina or across the United States can download at at that speed. (Check my earlier article for a chart of speeds that my technology aware friends shared with me last fall.)
Meanwhile, the FCC’s minimum standard for broadband is set as 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload, but no one I know considers that true broadband.
interesting read on the current state of “broadband” here in the US… can you imagine how great it’d be if 97% of the country had a 100Mbps connection?