The Internet of Things

Today’s Internet is driven by wired and wireless networks, keeping us connected throughout our daily lives. With the advent of new digital devices that constantly link us to the Internet, these networks have become much more than just a simple vehicle for information and communications. They now enable us to track our daily habits, monitor our health, manage home energy use and track nearly any other data we can imagine. These devices make up what we call the Internet of Things – a web of connected objects that are linked via networks that can interact with each other and with us.

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The Internet of Things has the potential to revolutionize our everyday lives. Already, cable’s high-speed broadband networks and widely available Wi-Fi hotspots are capable of handling the devices and data that power the Internet of Things. And cable’s secure network and integrated technical support make that Internet of Things a safe and seamless experience.

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WHAT IT TAKES TO DELIVER THE INTERNET OF THINGS

Tracking Cable's Top Internet Speeds: In 2016 Cable Internet Speeds Reached 2GPBS
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Objects That Speak to Us and to Each Other

With the Internet of things, we can connect, monitor, learn, control and search for information and objects remotely. We can completely remove ourselves from the process and ask objects to interact with each other all on their own. So instead of walking to your kitchen to start brewing your coffee, your coffee pot can communicate directly with your shower to know when to start brewing.

GROWTH IN THE INTERNET OF THINGS

THE NUMBER OF CONNECTED DEVICES WILL EXCEED 50 BILLION BY 2020

Average Peak Connection Speeds in the U.S.: Top Ten States
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50B

connected devices by 2020

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500K

nationwide public cable Wi-Fi hotspots

FACT
2GB

cable broadband speeds reached 2 Gbps in 2015

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The Internet of Things Lives
on Wi-Fi

There are already over 500,000 cable Wi-Fi hotspots in the U.S., and as that number continues to increase, the Internet of Things’ network will grow as well. Eventually, everything you own could be connected to Wi-Fi.

But with everything getting connected to Wi-Fi, it is essential that we make more spectrum available for unlicensed use so that Wi-Fi can grow. By increasing the amount of spectrum that Wi-Fi can share, we can continue to expand the Internet of Things and increase the speed and capacity of our connected lifestyle.

The Internet of Things isn’t science fiction – it’s happening today. And broadband is ready to serve as the backbone of this transformative technology.