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Gigabit Speeds Will Power America’s Digital Future

Gigabit Speeds Will Power America’s Digital Future

Cable networks offer gigabit speed internet.

Over the past several decades, millions of miles of fiber-rich broadband networks have been deployed and broadband speeds have dramatically increased. Today, the high-speed internet that made everything from video conferencing to virtual reality possible is available across the United States. In fact, 80% of U.S. homes can now access 1 gigabit speed broadband. 

Why it matters: Americans rely on connected devices and rich online experiences more than ever before. With smartTVs, smart speakers, smart thermometers and more, who doesn’t have at least one connected device in their home?! While this was already the case before COVID-19, Americans' reliance on high-speed internet will only continue to grow after the pandemic. 

What comes next: Cable broadband providers invest billions of dollars annually and double their network capacity every 18-24 months. But ensuring that the U.S. remains a global internet leader means that cable networks also have to stay ahead of demand. That’s why the cable industry is building 10G: the broadband network of the future that will deliver enhanced capacity and speeds of 10 gigabits per second. Thanks to technologies already being deployed and some coming soon, 10G is just around the corner and new 10G technologies are already on display at Mediacom’s 10G Smart Home, including:

  • home automation programs 
  • holographic 3D light field displays
  • VR and AR for mental fitness. 

Who will benefit: Today’s gigabit speeds already empower creators and innovators to fulfill their dreams. Moving forward, the 10G platform promises all that and more, while also providing enhanced reliability and security for consumers. This “opportunity infrastructure” lays the groundwork for limitless new experiences and ensures that America’s cable networks are ready for whatever the future has in store.

Gigabit speeds are available to 80% of U.S. homes.