America has a problem (that could very well be the understatement of the year!), but it’s not what you think it is. It’s not a headline grabbing social issue like the vaccination problem or a hot little tidbit regarding the next presidential election. It deals with your computer and the internet. No, we’re not talking about net neutrality or whistleblowers. We’re talking about Wi-Fi and internet connectivity speed. Do you find your internet speed frustrating? When using your smartphone or laptop, do you sometimes scream out, “I pay good money – why is this taking forever to load?” There’s a reason for this, for this Wi-Fi hiccup – no matter where you live, America is experiencing a bad case of internet indigestion.
Millions of people in the United States deal with slow internet connection speeds on a daily basis. While there are a wide range of issues that can cause these slow speeds, the main problem is that the majority of the population doesn’t have access to the latest connection technology, fiber optics. In fact, recent studies suggest that only around 8% of internet subscribers have a fiber optic connection. This is, to put it mildly, a grave mistake. Only 8%? That’s a ridiculous number. If the technology is out there, which it is, the whole country should be utilizing it. In certain sectors where internet speed is paramount to saving lives and making a difference, the use of fiber optics should be mandated. Don’t you think? Well thankfully, this mindset is changing and from coast to coast, fiber optics are taking the stage and shining like a star, and we may very well be on the verge of a fiber optics revolution.
There are several towns and cities across the country where fiber to home connections are readily available. Just some of these towns include places like Mount Vernon, Lafayette, and Chattanooga. This is actually causing people and business to pick up and relocate to areas where internet speeds are way above average. Some analysts suspect this may all have an unintended result: that this first handful of towns with fiber optic connections will see huge amounts of economic growth. Businesses that heavily rely on the internet may be relocating to these areas in order to take advantage of the faster speeds. So, with that kind of thinking, it’s easy to imagine towns and smaller cities embracing fiber optics purely for the likely economic boost. This isn’t a small boost by any means, but a rather big one – businesses are relocating to places with fiber optics.
And while the limited availability of fiber optic connections may not seem like a huge deal, it is crippling for some people who use the internet for more than just entertainment. Today people heavily rely on the internet to do work, communicate, and stay up-to-date on current events. This is especially unfortunate for some areas of the country that don’t have reliable internet access period. Again, fiber optics internet speed means a lot more for the country than increasing viral video efficiency – it enhances people’s lives in ways never thought possible – making work easier and communication quicker. We know, we know – it sounds like a dream come true, paradise revisited, but believe us when we say that fiber optics is absolutely all it’s cracked out to be.
While more areas are gaining access to fiber optic internet on a regular basis, it’s still not available for the majority of people who would use it. We hope to see improvements in this area in the coming months and years, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated!