Category Archives: Broadband & Internet

Happy World Wi-Fi Day!

Today is World Wi-Fi Day – an opportunity both to celebrate Wi-Fi’s extraordinary success and to ask ‘where does Wi-Fi go from here?’ Since its humble beginnings in the “junk bands” in 1985, Wi-Fi has become an integral part of everyday life, keeping people connected at home, at school, and at the office. For many, […]

Next Steps for the 3.5 GHz “Innovation Band”

As demand for mobile broadband spectrum continues to increase and existing resources become more and more congested, the FCC and industry have looked for new ways to share and improve the efficiency of spectrum.  The 3.5 GHz band is poised to become a prime example of innovative, efficient spectrum use, where three types of users—government […]

America’s Internet Speeds Continue to Soar

Every quarter, Akamai releases a State of the Internet Report. This study is a widely accepted third-party evaluation of not just the health of the overall internet, but a comparison of states, regions, and countries’ internet speed, adoption, and security. Earlier this week, Akamai released its 2017 1st Quarter report and it revealed that on […]

How Fast is America’s Internet?

Every year technology gets better. Devices become less expensive, software improves, and of course the internet gets faster. How much faster? According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, the over the last year the peak average internet connection speed in the United States has gone from 67.7 Mbps to 86.5 Mbps. This […]

New Data Reveals Internet and TV’s True Economic Impact

Measuring the economic impact of an industry means calculating all of its angles. It means considering factors like, how much money does that industry invest? How many jobs does it create? How does the industry’s investments affect local economies? In an attempt to put a finger on the remarkable impact internet and television companies make, NCTA, […]

D.C. Tops South Korea for Fast Internet Speeds

For those of us who live and work in the Washington, D.C. area, we don’t have to look far when looking for regions with the fastest average internet speeds. According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report covering the fourth quarter of 2016, Washington, D.C. takes the trophy for the fastest average internet […]

The Price per Megabit per Second has Gone Down 90 Percent

Over the past decade, internet speeds have increased more than 125 times over. In 2007, for instance, it took 45 minutes to download a 5 GB HD movie, and today it takes 21 seconds. The huge increase in broadband speeds reflects the tremendous investment and upgrades to our networks in just ten short years. And […]

Wi-Fi Report Predicts Spectrum Shortfall in Under 10 Years

A new report for Wi-Fi Alliance issued by Quotient Associates predicts that by the year 2025, the United States will require significantly more unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum in order to support expected peak Wi-Fi usage. The report also indicates that this coming Wi-Fi crunch could be even more substantial if new, novel internet applications enter the […]