Life Without High-Speed Internet

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Many of us take our internet connection for granted.

In 2020 access to the Internet has become more crucial than ever, with many people working, educating, learning and keeping up with medical appointments from their homes. Amenities like these are difficult or impossible to come by if you don’t have access to high-speed broadband Internet. 

According to a study done by Microsoft about half of the US population has an extremely slow internet connection, or they have no access to the Internet at all.

The CBS story “The great broadband divide: Living without high-speed internet” states that the fastest speed available for internet downloading in America is about 2,000 megabits (or 2 GB) per second (Mbps). In actuality, the fastest internet speed available in America is currently 10,000 megabits (or 10 GB) per second. Chattanooga became the first US city to boast a gigabit network that covers the entire city in 2010. By 2015 The Electric Power Board of Chattanooga achieved 10-gigabit internet speeds.

133 Mpbs is the approximate average download speed available today. By the FCC’s definition 23 Mbps for downloading is technically broadband. 23 Mbps is simply not fast enough to handle the digital demands of teleworking, telehealth and distanced learning for entire communities. 

For some areas, a fast broadband connection is not available. For many others, the cost is simply too high. We need access to fast, reliable and affordable broadband for everyone

For more information watch the CBS News Story The great broadband divide: Living without high-speed internet access.

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