Broadband internet has opened up almost unlimited possibilities for commerce, distance learning, civic participation, and knowledge sharing. But we are only scratching the surface of what’s to come.
There are several new technologies rolling out today or on the drawing boards, including DOCSIS 3.1 G.fast and 5G LTE, that will deliver multi-megabit, sub 100ms latency broadband internet to much of the world.
According to Akamai’s Q3 2016 State of the Internet Report, the average globalconnection speed was 6.3Mbps. That sounds good, until you try to download HD videos and stream music while surfing the Web and talking over Skype. In other words, typical day-to-day activities of a connected household just about anywhere can overload the average hook-up.