I have always wondered what it was (is) like to be one of the last ones to get access to electricity or to be able to have a telephone line at your house. I own a piece of property that got access to electricity in 1940, telephone lines didn’t come until after World War II. Today, the best dial-up connection that I ever get is 40 kbps, and the only way to get broadband (aka “a high speed internet connection”) is to sign up for satellite service – which is a little too expensive for my tastes. A “wired” broadband connection is only 3 miles away, but it seems like a long 3 miles as it may be years before that trunk line gets extended to my house.
Broadband access and capabilities differ from neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city, county to county, and state to state in the United States. More often than not, it is the rural communities that are the last to gain access to these “wired” innovations. The speeds and availability of broadband also greatly differs from country to country. South Korea is the “most connected” country in the world with 70-80% of the households have a broadband connection.
To help understand all of the differences, perhaps you could respond to these questions as a comment to the blog:
- What country do you live in?
- Do you have mutliple options for broadband service?
- What type of broadband service do you have?
- What are the download / upload speeds?
- How much do you pay per month? Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)?